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5 Surprising Facts About Watermelon

Discussion in 'Food' started by campforums, Jul 25, 2014.

  1. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    No other gives us real enjoyment in hot summer quite like a cold watermelon. The burst of red color and the refreshing sweetness easily give brightness to our plate. Thing is, we can find more interesting things about watermelon. At only 46 kcal for each cup, watermelon could already give us 17 percent of daily intake of vitamin A and 20 percent vitamin C. Its dietary fiber and potassium content could keep our blood pressure capped.

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    Higher lycopene than tomatoes: Thanks to its bright red color, we could get 1.5 times the amount of lycopene from a cup watermelon than red tomato. Lycopene is widely considered as a powerful antioxidant that stops free radicals from messing with our immune system and damaging our cells. Lycopene is also found in other red-colored veggies and fruits. It could also help us reduce risks of cancer and fight heart disease. Avoid storing watermelon at warm areas to retain much of the antioxidant.

    It relieves muscle soreness: After a gruelling physical activity, people find that drinking cool watermelon juice could soothe their sore muscle. Studies showed that athletes who drink a big glass of watermelon juice before an exercise suffered less muscle soreness. The fruit contain citrulline, a substance that can lower blood pressure and improve artery function. However, much of the citrulline is found in the bland rind, so it would better to consume it along with the red flesh as juice.

    It is also a vegetable: Watermelon is widely considered as fruits, due to its signature sweet taste and presence of seed. However, the watermelon plant is still genetically related to cucumber, pumpkin and squash; all placed inside the Cucurbitaceae family. All parts of watermelon, including seeds and rind, are edible.

    It's really packed with water: We know that watermelon is loaded with water, but it could still be surprising for some that the fruit/vegetable combo contains about 92 percent water. For this reason, watermelon can be considered as nutritious water container, which may prevent us from being dehydrated during trips.

    The yellow variety is also as nutritious: Yellow Crimson is the primary yellow variety of watermelon and it provides much of the health benefits, except for the lower lycopene content. It has honey-like, sweeter taste and sunny interior. However, both types could be very identical to the untrained eyes, so it could be difficult to tell without reading signs at farmers’ markets or grocery stores.
     
    Last edited: Jul 30, 2014
  2. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Explorer

    I did not know that watermelons go with the vegetable category. I did not know that they also could relieve muscle soreness I guess that would do good after a hard workout. I already knew they had a lot of water in it hence why it is so juicy LOL.
     
  3. Esperahol

    Esperahol Newbie

    I picked up a yellow type the other day as a sort of curiosity. It wasn't bad, but thanks to years of thinking watermelons were only red... I just felt weird eating it. That said I think I prefer seedless to seed - even if that means it's probably smaller in size.
     
  4. Jessi

    Jessi Novice Camper

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  5. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Explorer

    I like eating apples, peaches, nectarines I just never sat down to eat watermelon. I guess I should be eating water melon now since its got that much water.
     
  6. BMWPOWER

    BMWPOWER Moderator Staff Member

    I love watermelon, too bad we cant grow them here.
     
  7. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Explorer

    Wait where do you live where you cannot grow them. I live in location where I can just go to the store and buy them.
     
  8. campforums

    campforums Founder Staff Member

    There seems to be a few foods like that such as tomatoes. I am pretty surprised that there is a website dedicated entirely to watermelon lol (the one you linked)
     
  9. Profit5500

    Profit5500 Explorer

    I think there are many sites that are dedicated to fruits. I do not eat watermelons and I see that they are rich with water. I favor apples since they are tasty and are juicy. I just do not eat watermelons like some people do and I would if I chose to.
     
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