Refreshing and sweet, watermelon is a wonderful fruit, especially on a warm summer day. Low in calories but very flavorful, this fruit can satisfy your sugar craving while quenching your thirst. An especially healthy fruit, watermelon reduces inflammation and is one of the healthier fruits for diabetics because of this.
Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C. It contains the antioxidant, lycopene to help combat free radicals that cause all sorts of cancer including those of the skin, pancreas, cervix and breast.
Watermelon contains beta-carotene, which has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, colon cancer and even helps to relieve complications of asthma.
Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. It is also a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, and potassium. Because of its high water content, it delivers more nutrients per calorie.
To choose the best tasting watermelon, examine the color of the fruit. It should be a deep color and not have any white streaks. If looking at a cut melon, the seeds should be a deep color.
Watermelon can be eaten any time you can find it in your grocer’s produce aisle. It is excellent as a side dish or mixed into a salad. You can cut it into cubes and refrigerate for a refreshing snack.
Watermelon mixed with thinly sliced red onion, salt and black pepper makes a great summer salad. Because the watermelon contains so much water, there is no need for a dressing, making this salad the perfect low calorie, low fat treat.
Watermelon, bananas, apple slices and orange slices make a wonderful fruit salad that contains a wealth of vitamins and nutrients And fruit salad can be made days ahead since cut fruit, if chilled, retains its nutrients for at least 6 days.