Loaded with lycopene
The cheery red colour comes from lycopene, an antioxidant. Studies show it may help curb your risk of cancer and diabetes as part of a healthy lifestyle. Watermelon has more of this nutrient than any other fruit or vegetable load up on lycopene, choose a melon with bright red flesh rather than yellow or orange. And the riper, the better.
Some pigments help protect plants from the sun. Oddly enough, just eating them may shield your skin, too – at least a little. The lycopene in watermelon may make it less likely that you get sunburned.
Watermelon is rich in an amino acid called citrulline that may help move blood through your body and can lower your blood pressure. Your heart also enjoys the perks of all the lycopene watermelon contains. Studies show that it may lower your risk of heart attacks.
Protects your joints
Easy on your eyes
Just one serving of watermelon gives you more than 30% of the vitamin A you need each day. This nutrient is one of the keys to keeping your eyes healthy.
Naturally sweet hydration
Juicy watermelon is 92% water, so it’s a simple way to help stay hydrated. Every cell in your body needs water. Even a small shortage can make you feel sluggish. If you get really dehydrated, it can become serious enough that you need to get fluids by IV.
Soothes your skin
Vitamins A, B6, and C in watermelon help your skin stay soft, smooth, and supple.
Satisfies your sweet tooth
A cup of ice cream will set you back around 300 calories. You can enjoy the same amount of watermelon for just 40 calories. And unlike many other desserts, it’s fat-free, low in cholesterol, and has no sodium. Plus, the water in it will help you stay fuller longer.
Boosts your workout
Watermelon’s high water content, antioxidants, and amino acids may make for a better workout. It’s also high in potassium, a mineral that could cut down on cramps at the gym. You can sip watermelon juice after you sweat, too. Doing so could help prevent muscle soreness, as long as you don’t push yourself too hard.
Won’t spike your blood sugar
Trying to keep your blood glucose levels steady? You’re in luck. Watermelon has a glycaemic index (GI) value of 80, about the same as a bowl of cornflakes. But it’s got few carbs. That means its glycaemic load (how quickly it enters your bloodstream and how much glucose it can produce) is a mere 5.
Easy to digest
If you have a digestive condition like Crohn’s or colitis, the list of what not to eat during a flare can be long. You can put watermelon on your ‘yes’ list. Its soft, fleshy fruit is easy for even an inflamed gut to digest. (Just don’t eat the rind or the seeds if you need to limit fibre.)
What if i eat a seed by accident?
You may have been told as a kid that if you swallow watermelon seeds, they’ll grow in your belly. Not true! After all, your stomach has no sunlight or soil, and a lot of gastric acid. Many melons are seedless these days, but don’t worry if you do swallow a seed. They’re actually full of nutrients!