Watermelon, A Nutritional Gem

If you are expecting to meet up with me and a watermelon shows up instead, don’t be surprised. It’s me. I’ve turned into a watermelon.

Last season I was two slices away, I’m sure.

I felt it was appropriate to make this delicious fruit today’s nutrition gem, as it is now coming into season and gifting us with super health benefits and joyful refreshment.

Watermelon is 92 percent water, so it makes perfect sense that it grows when the weather is hot. Mother Nature offering hydration. What a gal. Good looking out MN! So… Hydration. Check! Watermelon is also great during the summer time because it’s a high volume food, meaning that it fills you up without spiking up your calorie count. Like I said, great for summer, as all of us are excited to look fab in our swim suits. Besides hydration and weight control, watermelon is full of the carotenoid lycopene, which is a giant antioxidant. It is the same carotenoid most popular for abundantly gracing tomatoes. The benefit of lycopene has been most strongly linked to fighting cancers, including: prostate, lung and stomach, among many others. Watermelon is also packed with vitamin C and a good source of vitamin A, notably through its concentration of beta carotene, which is where you get the beautiful color. These vitamins and the lycopene neutralize free radicals in your body. Free radicals are the little rascals who roam around your body trying to terrorize healthy cells, in turn allowing disease and toxins to break you down. Well, I say that we show those little you know whats who’s boss. Jab them a good one with a big ol’ slice of fresh and delicious watermelon. Judoooo, chop!

So when you think watermelon, think: hydration, filling, low calories, vitamin c, vitamin a, lycopene, cancer fighter, free radical destroyer.

Welcome to summer my friends, and welcome to the pleasure of enjoying delicious summer foods.

Nicole Schutz. Santa Fe, New Mexico. Over and out.

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