The benefits of watermelon

7 Mar 2017

Although watermelon is a seasonal fruit, it is by far my favourite fruit. It’s also good for us. It contains lycopene, a carotenoid phytonutrient that is particularly important for cardiovascular health.

They are also packed full of goodness. With every bite, we’re also taking in significant levels of B6, Vitamin A and C, together with antioxidants, lycopene and amino acids. Watermelons also contain modest amounts of potassium. It is low in sodium, is only 40 calories per cup and is fat-free.

In a recent study carried out by Food Scientists, they compared the nutrient content of flesh from different parts of a watermelon including flesh from the middle, the stem end, the blossom end (opposite from the stem), and the edge nearest to the rind). They discovered high concentrations of phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and Vitamin C in these different areas.

The distribution of nutrients will vary depending on the variety of watermelon; but there was no area in any of the watermelon varieties that came out badly in terms of nutrients. In many of the watermelon varieties, the flesh’s outer periphery contained impressive concentrations of most nutrients.

Watermelon have very high levels level of lycopene, about 15-29mg per cup sized serving which is the highest level of any fresh fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is a phytonutrient that reacts in the human body to trigger healthy reactions.

Lycopene is the red pigment that gives watermelons, tomatoes and red grapefruits their colour and has been linked with heart health, bone health and cancer prevention as well as being a powerful antioxidant.

6 Responses to “The benefits of watermelon”

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  1. Tim 07. Mar, 2017 at 8:58 am #

    It’s a sensible idea to eat more watermelon after reading this blog, especially the sweet and juicy ones.

    • Ilana 07. Mar, 2017 at 9:02 am #

      Thanks Tim. Yes, as part of our 10 a day fruit and veg. I think so too.

  2. Brad 07. Mar, 2017 at 9:49 pm #

    I have fond memories of eating watermelon at my grandparents when I was little. My granddad would buy the biggest one he could carry and give us a huge slice that extended from one ear round to the other!

    Now I also know how good it was for us too.

    • Ilana 07. Mar, 2017 at 10:10 pm #

      How lovely. We tend to block so much out that we’re not happy to remember, so what a lovely memory you have with your grandad, eating something you didn’t know was good for you.

      Yes, it’s official watermelon is good for us.

  3. Bonnie Johns 10. Mar, 2017 at 7:02 am #

    Watermelon is my favorite too!! It’s just hard to cut open, but great when the weather gets hot.

    • Ilana 10. Mar, 2017 at 8:39 am #

      Thanks Bonnie. Yes too hard to cut, but just the thing when the weather gets hot. Thirst quenching.

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