Did you know that the watermelon can be classed as either a vegetable and a fruit? In this post we consider some of the health benefits of watermelons.
Watermelon is considered a fruit because it grows from a seed, has a sweet flavor, and is considered a type of melon. However, it is actually a type of berry called a pepo. It is also considered a vegetable because it is a member of the same family as the cucumber, pumpkin and squash. It is also harvested and cleared from fields like other vine growing vegetables.
Health benefits of watermelon
Although watermelon is predominantly comprised of water, and a small amount sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food. Watermelon has a high amount of vitamins and is packed with antioxidants while also being low in calories. Watermelon is also full of important electrolytes.
Alongside of tomatoes, watermelon has moved up to the front of the line in recent research studies on high-lycopene foods. Red-pink fleshed watermelons typically contain far more lycopene and beta-carotene than yellow-white fleshed varieties. Lycopene is an antioxidant linked to both the prevention and treatment of prostate cancer, although scientists are still investigating the details of this connection.
Watermelon is an excellent source of the strong antioxidant vitamin C as well as other antioxidants, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer.
Watermelon has been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely do to the amino acid L-citrulline contained in watermelon.
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