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.
- 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
|Calories from Fat||1|
|Total Fat||0 g||0%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrates||8 g||3%|
|Dietary Fibre||0 g||2%|
|Vitamin A 11%||Vitamin C||13%|
*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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