Sunday, August 23, 2015

Why Watermelon?

One of the best things about summer is sweet, juicy watermelon (seeds, please!).

Watermelons are about 92 percent water and soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite is loaded with vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of antioxidants and amino acids. There's even a modest amount of potassium. Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, and lycopene.  According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20% of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17% vitamin A, according to the USDA.

Don’t forget the seeds!

“Watermelon seeds and also others like melon seeds and flaxseeds are rich in micronutrients like selenium, potassium, copper and zinc which you may not derive from your daily diet in adequate quantities. They can be sun-dried and eaten as a snack or can also be powdered. They’re good for your heart, boost immunity and keep blood sugar levels in check.  You can add it to your diet as a health supplement in combination with others seeds. I’d suggest about ¼ of a teaspoon twice a week,” says Dr. Simran Saini, Dietician at Fortis, New Delhi.

Yours in health!
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