According to the below poll, Watermelon is up there when it comes to naming our favorite summer fruit. Do you agree? Take the poll too... and make your vote count.
With over 1,200 varieties worldwide and made of 92% of water... let's take a deeper look at watermelons.
From there, watermelons spread throughout countries along the Mediterranean Sea by way of merchant ships. By the 10th century, watermelon found its way to China, which is now the world's number one producer of watermelons.
The 13th century found watermelon spread through the rest of Europe via the Moors.
For a long time, watermelon has been taken for granted as a sweet, tasty summertime fruit, made of sugar and water, and nothing more. But looking closer to it's health benefits, it turns out that watermelon is incredibly healthy!
Watermelon contains higher levels of lycopene (giving it its red colour) than any other fresh fruit or vegetable (15 to 20 mg per 2-cup serving) and is part of a healhty diet.
Watermelon not only boosts your "health esteem," but it is has excellent levels of vitamins A and C and a good level of vitamin B6.
- Vitamin A found in watermelon is important for optimal eye health and boosts immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes.
- Vitamin B6 found in watermelon helps the immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
- Vitamin C in watermelon can help to bolster the immune system's defenses against infections and viruses and can protect a body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts. It also aids in the maintenance of normal connective tissues, and promote wounds healing. Vitamin C also assists in the body's utilisation of iron. (during pregnancy for example, a woman's body requires more iron than usual to produce all the blood needed to supply nutrition to the placenta).
It’s no coincidence that the word water appears in watermelon. Made of 92% of water, watermelon can help to replenish body fluids. Remember - Water is the most vital nutrient for life-- over two-thirds of your body is made up of water, so eating a slice of watermelon it is a good way to fight against dehydration in summer!
A two-cup serving of watermelon is also a source of potassium, a mineral necessary for water balance and found inside of every cell. People with low potassium levels can experience muscle cramps.
It also helps lower high blood pressure.
Certain fruits, vegetables and whole grains are of particular benefit to the heart because they are rich sources of protective nutrients. And there are many nutrients found in watermelon Vitamin A (25%), Vitamin B6 (6%), Vitamin C (30%), Thiamine (6%), Magnesium (6%), Potassium (8%).
Craving for watermelon yet?? we will be posting recipes soon... stay tuned.