Watermelons are not only good delicacy but they are also extremely good for your health.
Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There’s even a modest amount of potassium. Plus, this quintessential summer snack is fat-free, very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup or for my Europeans 140 gr.
Here are the nutrition facts for the watermelon, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling through the National Labeling and Education Act:
I think it is excellent to see foods using this Nutrition facts to realize better what I am putting into my body.
Scientists have taken notice of watermelon’s high lycopene levels — about 15 to 20 milligrams per 2-cup serving, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board — some of the highest levels of any type of fresh produce. Lycopene is a phytonutrient, which is a naturally occurring compound in fruits and vegetables that reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. It is also the red pigment that gives watermelons, tomatoes, red grapefruits and guavas their color.
Lycopene has been linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer prevention. It’s also a powerful antioxidant thought to have anti-inflammatory properties.
To really maximize your lycopene intake, let your watermelon fully ripen. The redder your watermelon gets, the higher the concentration of lycopene becomes. Beta-carotene and phenolic antioxidant content also increase as the watermelon ripens. Nevertheless, “All parts of the watermelon are good. There are a lot of nutrients throughout,” This includes the white flesh nearest the rind.
Another phytonutrient found in the watermelon is the amino acid citrulline, which converts to the amino acid arginine. These amino acids promote blood flow, leading to cardiovascular health, improved circulation, and according to research at Texas A&M University, erectile dysfunction improvement (you’d probably have to eat a lot of the fruit to get a Viagra-like effect, though).
After reading all these researches I have been doing researches on myself to see how my body reacts to eating watermelon on daily bases.
Like you all know I recently had my second baby and tomorrow he will be 13 weeks old.(1 February 2016)
First months after having a baby all mothers know that the body has a lot of swelling and is bloated. Even with healthy dieting it can be hard to keep it away.
When I started trying this out I was around 136 lbs and was unhappy about how bloated I looked in the mirror.
I was always tired and I just did not feel how I wanted to feel.
Now after 2 weeks of eating watermelon every day I am down to 130,5 lbs and I think I look and I feel fantastic !
All my body has shrunk in cm/inches and my body looks much more toned then it was before.
So I am going to keep on eating my watermelons every day and will share with you all the outcome.
But remember that eating unhealthy and adding only watermelon will not give you the results you are looking for I recommend you also read this : What it means to eat clean.
— Arna Karls —