The ultimate snack of the summer and luckily a very low cal one too! But there are more benefits, all to be found in this week’s Product Highlight: Watermelon!
- The watermelon, Citrullus lanatus, is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash and most probably originated in the Kalahari Desert in Africa
- Lycopene is a phytonutrient (also the red pigment that gives watermelons their color), linked to good heart health and bone health. It’s also a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory properties
- The water content of watermelons can help keep you hydrated, and their juice is full of good electrolytes. Besides hydration, the amino acid I-citrulline protects against muscle pain, making watermelon an excellent food to replenish after a workout
- The watermelon’s rind is edible and actually contains more of the amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. Citrulline is converted to arginine in your kidneys, which is important for heart and immune system health and also may help reducing the accumulation of excess fat!
- Watermelon contains an impressive variety of other important nutrients in which many people are lacking, including:Vitamin C, Vitamin B6, Potassium, Vitamin A, and Magnesium
Tip: Look for a pale, buttery-yellow spot (not white or green) on the bottom. It’s one of the best indicators of ripeness. Or do the thump test! A ripe watermelon should have a hollow bass sound
Tip: Store your watermelon in a cool area before use. Cut watermelon should be refrigerated
The watermelon illustration is made by Ankita from She Does Art.