The Health Benefits
1. Helps You Hydrate
Eating foods that have a high water content can also help you stay hydrated. Watermelon is 92% water. Also, note that high water content is one of the reasons why fruits and vegetables help you feel full. In watermelon, the combination of water and fiber means you're eating a good volume of food without a lot of calories.
2. Contains Nutrients
Watermelon is one of the lowest fruit in calories — only 46 calories per cup. One cup of watermelon has many other nutrients as well, including these vitamins and minerals: Vitamins C, A, B1, B5 and B6, potassium and magnesium. Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene and lycopene. Plus, it has citrulline, an important amino acid.
3. May improve heart health
Watermelon has several heart-healthy components, including lycopene, citrulline, and other vitamins and minerals.
4.May Lower Inflammation and Oxidative Stress
Lycopene and vitamin C in watermelon are anti-inflammatory antioxidants. Inflammation is linked to many chronic diseases.
5. May Help Relieve Muscle Soreness
Watermelon juice has some potential as a recovery beverage after exercise. Citrulline may be partially responsible for its effect of easing muscle soreness.
6. It is Good for Skin and Hair
Two vitamins in watermelon — A and C — are important for skin and hair health. Vitamin C helps your body make collagen, a protein that keeps your skin supple and your hair strong. Vitamin A is also important for healthy skin since it helps create and repair skin cells. Without enough vitamin A, your skin can look dry and flaky.
7. Can Improve Digestion
Fiber and water are important for healthy digestion. Watermelon contains both.
Ways to enjoy watermelon
- On its own
- With halloumi or feta cheese
- Grilled with some fresh mint on top
- Cubed in a salad with fresh rucola, goat’s cheese, and balsamic vinegar
- In smoothies with seasonal fruit and mint.
- In home-made ice cream or sorbet