Watermelon is a berry. That’s right, this giant fruit is actually categorized as a berry! This is because, according to scientific classification, a berry must have two or more seeds and must develop from “a flower that has one ovary and watermelon checks off these qualifications. This summer staple is one of the most beneficial body-healing fruits full of vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. Many people assume that watermelon is full of sugar because of how sweet it is, but it is actually low-sugar. A cup of watermelon has less sugar per serving (only 9 grams of sugar) than banana, mango, and even apples.
The benefits of watermelon cover everything from a healthy brain to the cells in your feet. Watermelon is super hydrating (92% water) and it is low in fat! Benefits include improving cardiovascular health, boosting immunity, and nourishing your eye health.
Watermelon is rich in the compounds that reduce inflammation and neutralize free radicals. Pick ripe watermelons as they contain higher amounts of these beneficial compounds! The antioxidant that gives watermelon it’s pink color is called Lycopene. This antioxidant is known to fight cancer cells. Watermelon also contains 30% of your daily recommended intake of another powerful antioxidant, Vitamin C. Vitamin C is helpful for boosting collagen production, maintaining healthy eyes, and glowing skin.
Did you know? Heart Disease is the number one killer of women. The antioxidant mentioned above, Lycopene, is also a powerhouse phytonutrient for heart health. It keeps your arteries flexible, reduces inflammation, and wards off plaque that will clog arteries.
Watermelon may lead to healthy weight management when consumed in place of a sugary snack. Because 90% of watermelon's weight is water, it's one of the best fruits to eat when trying to lose weight. Watermelon is also a great source of amino acid, which helps burn fat quickly.
Watermelon is a great source of beta-carotene, which is converted into Vitamin A. This helps produce the pigments in the retina of the eye and protects against age-related decline as well as prevents blindness. Vitamin A also maintains healthy skin, teeth, soft tissue, and mucous membranes.
Watermelon eases morning sickness and can alleviate heartburn. The hydrating benefits of watermelon help prevent dehydration, which can lead to premature birth. Constipation is another symptom of pregnancy that eating this prebiotic-rich food can reduce by improving digestion. It can also help to reduce the cramps that occur in the trimester. The high water content and antibacterial properties are also beneficial for flushing bacteria from the urinary tract to prevent UTI’s during pregnancy. Lastly, the minerals potassium and magnesium found in watermelon are essential for proper bone development in a baby.
While watermelon isn't very high in fiber, the fiber it does provide is excellent for gut health. The fruit also contains prebiotics, a type of fiber that produces “good” bacteria in your gut. Prebiotics are tied to a healthy immune system, anti-inflammation, and positive mood. Prebiotics also help with mineral absorption, improve insulin levels, and protect the colon.
Not only is watermelon hydrating, it is said to help with energy production in the body. It is a very good source of B6 and also contains B1. This highly valuable fruit contains the electrolytes Potassium and Magnesium, which are important for muscle function. Studies show that another ingredient in watermelon, L-Citrulline, improves exercise performance by boosting the levels of nitric oxide in your blood. Combine watermelon with the perfect pre-workout snack, Just Add Water®, and you have hydrating, energizing, protein-packed fuel for your next home workout.
1. Freeze some sliced watermelon overnight or at least an hour.
2. Melt 1/4 cup chocolate chips, 1 tbsp coconut oil, 1 packet of Just Add Water®, 3 tbsp nut milk on low heat in a pot and stir continuously.
3. Dip watermelon into chocolate mix, drop some coconut flakes, almond slices, and sea salt.
4. Put the chocolate-covered slices in the freezer for 30 minutes. Serve & enjoy before it melts!
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