Nothing says summer quite like taking a bite out of a big juicy slice of watermelon! What’s even better is knowing that every mouthful is filled with vitamins and minerals that are great for our bodies.
Lycopene is best known to be found in tomatoes, but it turns out that not only is watermelon packed full of it, it has one and half times more lycopene than is found in raw tomatoes! Lycopene is incredibly important for our cardiovascular health because it helps blood flow, and new studies are also linking its benefits to reducing oxidative stress on bone cells, which translates into stronger bones. And the added potassium found in watermelon helps our bodies retain calcium, which aids in muscle control as well as bone health.
Watermelon is so juicy because it’s mostly water – in fact, it’s 92% water, which makes it a great way to stay hydrated. The best part is, all that water also contains vitamins we love like:
- Vitamin A: great for strong teeth and healthy skin.
- Vitamin B6: helps our bodies metabolize fats and proteins and is good for our skin, hair, and eyes.
- Vitamin C: essential for our immune system.
Now, this might tempt you to just drink the juice, but it’s more beneficial to eat the whole melon because there is a fair amount of fructose in the juice alone, and you’ll be missing out on all that great fiber.
Added bonus; if you ever worry about swallowing a few seeds, you’ll be happy to know that they are not only edible but they are full of great minerals including zinc, iron, fiber and protein.
The amino acid citrulline, also found in our watery friend, is converted by your kidneys into arginine and nitric oxide – important compounds for your heart and blood vessel health. They may also boost your immune system!
Watermelons come in a variety of sizes, colors and there are lots of fun and whimsical ways to cut and present them. But most importantly, they are a healthy low-fat snack that everyone will enjoy!