Reasons To Love Watermelon


June 13, 2017
In Nutrition

We love summer fruits and this year we’re all about watermelon! But wait, is it a fruit or a vegetable? The answer is that it can actually be considered both a fruit (grows from a seed) and a vegetable (cucumber / squash relative)! Whether you consider it a fruit or a vegetable, no backyard BBQ is complete without a thick slice of juicy watermelon, or a simple and awesome watermelon feta salad.

Aside from the sweet, refreshing taste, what else is there to love about this magical fruit-vegetable? Lots! Check out all the delicious benefits of watermelon:  

Hydration

Made up of about 90% water, it’s no surprise that watermelon keeps you hydrated which can also help you feel full. (3)

Vitamin A

Watermelon is a source of beta-carotene which is converted into vitamin A which helps eyes stay healthy. (2)

Vitamins C and E

These 2 vitamins found in watermelon are important in the production of collagen, which is vital for keeping your skin smooth and healthy. (3)

Lycopene

Watermelon competes with tomatoes for high lycopene levels! Lycopene is important for cardiovascular and bone health. The largest increase in lycopene content occurs when the watermelon changes from a white-pink color to deep pink-red so eat your watermelons ripe! (1)

Citrulline

An amino acid found in watermelon, has been shown to help relieve muscle soreness after exercise. (4)

Antioxidants

Since our bodies can’t produce antioxidants, those found in watermelon can help neutralize harmful free radicals. (4)

Alkaline

Watermelon is an alkaline-forming food which can help counteract high-acid foods like meat, eggs and dairy. (2)

 

SOURCES:

  1. https://www.livescience.com/46019-watermelon-nutrition.html
  2. https://livelovefruit.com/8-amazing-health-benefits-of-watermelon/
  3. https://authoritynutrition.com/watermelon-health-benefits/
  4. http://www.well-beingsecrets.com/health-benefits-of-watermelon/
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Amie Suwito

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Amie Suwito has been with Suja since early 2013 managing digital paid advertising and reporting. She has loved being a part of the company during such an exciting growth period, seeing so many new products and marketing initiatives come to life. Outside of Suja you’ll find Amie crafting at home, baking in the kitchen or outside exploring by foot with her favorite four-legged friend. She loves juicing and cooking for family at home, using fresh fruits and veggies as much as possible.