Watermelon, made from 92% water, has fabulous moisturizing properties while being low in fat and cholesterol free. Here are other reasons to put some on your menu.
Lots of water!
Nothing more refreshing to eat than a fruit made of 92% water! Water plays a vital role in regulating body temperature, transporting nutrients and oxygen to cells, eliminating waste and protecting joints, organs and tissues.
A lot of citrulline
Watermelon is an excellent source of citrulline, an important amino acid. The body uses citrulline to make another important amino acid, arginine, which plays a key role in cell division, healing and ammonia removal. Citrulline contained in watermelon is also easily absorbed by the body. In fact, watermelon is one of the few foods with high citrulline content.
Rich in lycopene
Watermelon is also rich in lycopene, an antioxidant: a serving of 300 g (2 cups) contains 18.16 mg.
Low in sodium and high in potassium
Diets high in potassium and low in sodium can reduce the risk of high blood pressure, a risk factor for stroke and heart disease.
Good source of nutrients
Watermelon is also a good source of the following nutrients (per 250 mL [1 cup] portion):
Vitamin C: contributes to the growth and maintenance of healthy bones, cartilage, teeth and gums.
Thiamine (vitamin B1): releases energy from carbohydrates and promotes normal development.
Vitamin B6: (another source of pantothenic acid and magnesium): is involved in energy metabolism and tissue formation.
Vitamin A: promotes the normal development of bones and teeth as well as the health of the skin and membranes.
1 cup of diced watermelon (250 ml) contains just 51 calories.