Use Your Melon and Eat More Watermelon!

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Use Your Melon and Eat More Watermelon!

Despite the widely-held belief that watermelon is just water and sugar, watermelon is actually a great source of nutrition. Watermelon provides vitamins A and C, minerals like potassium, the antioxidant lycopene (which makes the flesh pretty in pink), fiber, and of course water (92% to be exact).

A diet rich in watermelon has multiple health benefits, such as:

•Asthma prevention (from vitamin C)
•Protection against heart disease (from lycopene)
•Reduced cancer risk (from vitamin C and lycopene)
•Improved digestion and regularity (from water and fiber)
•Lower levels of inflammation (from choline)
•Less muscle soreness (from the amino acid L-citrulline)
•Healthier skin (from vitamins A and C, and water)

When buying watermelon, look for one that is firm, heavy, and symmetrical, without soft spots or bruising. Tap the outside and listen for a light, hollow-sounding thud; this indicates the fruit is intact and of good quality. Choose organic watermelon whenever possible.

Watermelon is easy to incorporate into your current diet. Add frozen cubes to smoothies, blend some with water for a refreshing hydrator, toss a few balls into a fruit or vegetable salad, or try roasting and salting the seeds for a crunchy snack.

Whichever way you slice it, eating more watermelon is really using your melon!