Fruit Facts About Watermelons
Belonging to the Cucurbitaceae family, the watermelon is closely
related to the pumpkin, squash, cantaloupe and other plants that
grow on vines on the soil. Watermelons may be round, spherical or
oblong in shape and have thick green rinds which are usually striped
or spotted. They vary in weight and dimensions from several pounds
to upward of 90 pounds.
Although we normally relate pink-red color to watermelons, you can
find varieties that come with yellow, white and orange flesh. While
nearly all watermelons contain seeds that are brown, black, yellow,
white or green, some varieties are in fact seedless. The watermelon
is also known as Citrullis lanatus scientifically.
Health Benefits of Eating Watermelons
- Watermelon has plenty of potassium that is useful in cleansing the
toxic depositions off kidneys. Additionally, it is useful in
lowering amount of uric acid in your body, thus lowering the risks
of kidney problems and development of renal calculi. Besides these,
being loaded with water content, it encourages frequent urinating;
again it is useful for kidney cleansing. Furthermore, the
antioxidants in the watermelon ensure the wellbeing of kidneys.
- A great deal of magnesium and potassium found in the watermelon are
incredibly good in reducing the blood pressure level. The
carotenoids contained in the fruit protect walls of arteries and
veins from hardening, thus helping to lower blood pressure level.
- Watermelon works well in lowering your body temperature as well as
blood pressure. Some individuals in the tropical areas consume the
fruit every day in the afternoon throughout summer seasons to
protect themselves against heat stroke. Especially in India, the
watermelon is sold in nearly every street throughout summers.
- Diabetics who are expected to take low sugar and low energy diet
usually complaint about hunger as they are not allow to have their
regular diet to the full; making them feel half fed. The watermelon
is definitely an excellent supplement for them. Despite being sweet
in flavor, a thick wedge of watermelon will provide you with not
many calories, as 99% of its overall weight consists of water and
roughage. In addition, the different vitamins and minerals like
magnesium and potassium assist in proper running of insulin in your
body, thereby reducing the blood glucose level. Arginine, another
compound present in the watermelons, is helpful in improving insulin
sensitivity. Diabetics may also enjoy curries, steaks, salads
prepared with watermelon rinds that are even lesser in sugar.
- A carotenoid known as lycopene present abundantly in watermelon
helps heart to function. Beta carotene, recognized for its exceptional
anti-aging and antioxidant properties, also makes you young and
helps prevent age-related heart complications. The roughage in
watermelon, with the aid of potassium, carotenoids and vitamin C,
help lower cholesterol and make your heart healthy.
- Good eyesight are promoted with the help from beta carotene, vitamin
C, Zeaxanthin and Lutein in the watermelon. These compounds keep your vision from
age-related eye disease, macular degeneration. The antioxidants keep your eyes from various
other age-related conditions like dry eyes, glaucoma, optical nerves
and many others.
- Arginine in watermelon may be helpful in treating erectile dysfunctions.
- Besides the watermelon health benefits stated above, lycopene is
discovered to be capable of protecting against cancer as well as
repairing damaged tissues. The fruit also has phytonutrients that
are good for the wellbeing and proper working of bodily organs, eyes
and secretion system.
Watermelon Rind Health Benefits
You can find many benefits of eating watermelon rind. It has large
quantities of amino acid known as citrulline, which is useful in
cleansing the toxic compounds from your liver. Watermelon rind is
abundant with beta carotene, vitamin C and lycopene. It also has
little amount of niacin, thiamine, riboflavin, vitamin A, Vitamin
B6, magnesium, potassium, calcium, iron, phosphorus, and zinc. The
more yellow the interior of the rind, the higher nutrients it
Watermelon Seeds Health Benefits
The seeds of watermelon contain substantial amount of vitamin B
(such as niacin, folate, riboflavin, thiamin, pantothenic acid and
vitamin B6), minerals (like magnesium, potassium, phosphorous, iron,
sodium, copper, zinc and manganese) and good fats (including omega-6
fatty acids, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats).
Watermelon Calories and Nutritional Value
value of Watermelon (per 100 g)
|Total Dietary Fiber
How to Choose and Buy Watermelons?
- Choose watermelons that are heavy with non-bruised, shiny deep green
- Find a light-colored ring somewhere on the watermelon: that is
exactly where the fruit sat on the ground. Watermelon that is sweet
usually has a cream-colored or yellow ring; refrain from those
having white or green rings.
How to Store Watermelons?
- Keep whole melon in a cool place at room temperature for
approximately 10 days.
- After sliced, cover pieces firmly or put in a
container and keep for approximately 2 days in the fridge.