Since the 14th century, watermelons, a member of the Cucurbitaceous family, have been native to Egypt and are now cultivated worldwide in tropical climates.

 

Watermelons have a light green, round exterior with spotted or striped white bands running from end to end. When cut open a pink, juicy, sweet flesh is revealed with an outer white membrane which is bitter (but contains the most nutrients) and dozens of black seeds.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Contains the antioxidant lycopene which gives watermelon its pinkish colour and works with cucurbitacin E as an anti-inflammatory which helps eliminates harmful free radicals.

 

  • Supplies vitamin B6 (pyridoxine) which helps with the metabolism of amino acids in the body. (1)

 

  • Contain citrulline which has powerful antioxidant properties and converts into the amino acid arginine which promotes heart health, autoimmunity and prevents the accumulation of harmful fats in cells. (2)

 

  • Abundant in vitamin C which is particularly beneficial for getting rid of infections and providing autoimmunity to the body. (3)

 

  • High in Vitamin A which helps to protect vision, promote healthy skin and help to increase neurone functions stimulating mental memory. (4)

 

  • A great source of fibre which supports the digestive system and prevents the build-up of bad cholesterol and bowel disease. (5)

 

  • Contains potassium which regulates fluidity between cells in the body. (6)

 

Watermelon Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 100 grams, raw

  Amt. Per
Serving
% Daily
Value*
Calories 30
Calories from Fat 1
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 1 mg 0%
Total Carbohydrates 8 g 3%
Dietary Fibre 0 g 2%
Sugar 6 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A 11% Vitamin C 13%
Calcium 1% Iron 1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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