By Jenny Hills, Nutritionist and Medical Writer Food & Nutrition
Watermelon is a tasty juicy summer fruit that is packed with vitamins, minerals, fiber, and nutrients. Consuming watermelon is a great way to lose weight because it is low in sugar, high in fiber, and is about 90% water. Watermelon chunks also have anti-inflammatory properties that help keep your heart healthy, lower blood pressure, and are good for diabetes.
The benefits of eating watermelon are not just confined to its juicy red flesh. Watermelon seeds are also edible and are a rich source of minerals such as magnesium, iron, and healthy fatty acids. There is also evidence that watermelon rind has some health benefits. The edible rind of watermelon contains amino acids that have been linked to improved male sexual health.
In this article, you will learn about the many science based reasons why eating watermelon, watermelon seeds, and even watermelon rind is good for you. You will also find out how scientific research backs up the many health benefits of eating watermelon.
What is Watermelon
Watermelon (botanical name Citrullus lanatus) is a fruit that grows on a vine on the ground. Watermelons come from hot countries in Africa and also grow in Southern Europe, South America, the United States, and the Far East.
Research into this delicious edible fruit has found that watermelon has a rich nutritional profile with many health benefits. Watermelon is a good source of vitamin C, vitamin A, B-group vitamins, and an important antioxidant called lycopene. (1)
Every part of the watermelon has proven benefits to your health. Watermelon juice is a good way to re-hydrate after a strenuous workout. Edible watermelon seeds are a good source of fiber, minerals, and unsaturated fatty acids. Even the rind of watermelon has benefits for men because of the compound citrulline. (1)
Source: Healthy & Natural World
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