As of today summer has officially begun, which means that watermelon is in season. However, be aware, that not every watermelon is born equal! Those gargantuan melons sold in discount grocery stores tend to be genetically engineered and have little flavor, whereas those bought at your local farmer’s market, will be sweeter. When buying go for the smaller, organic seeded melons, which tend to be less bland. Look to see if the seller has any samples of what the watermelon looks riper and redder the inside of the watermelon is, the more lycopene it contains. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that helps clear your body of toxins, prevent cancer, support eye health, relieve nerve pain, strengthen your bones and facilitate weight loss!
All About Buying and Eating Watermelons
When buying a watermelon you should look for a specimen that has a yellow patch on one side, as that is proof that it has been ripening outdoors on the ground and that it is reasonably fresh. A ripe watermelon will sound a bit like a hollow drum when you tap it lightly. The redder it is on the inside, the more lycopene it contains, which is its main prized antioxidant
Some other helpful things to know about eating this fruit
- You should eat watermelon at room temperature and never refrigerate it, as that damages the melon’s flesh, however cut watermelon cubes can last about five days in the refrigerator
- It is okay to eat the seeds of the watermelon, which contain iron and zinc, but be aware that doing this is not advised for people who have irritable bowel syndrome
- The white part of the rind contain an antioxidant called citruline that helps reduce hypertension
- Even if a watermelon is organic, it has still been laying on the ground and it may be exposed to bacteria and pesticides, so be sure to wash the entire outside of the melon to make sure that the skin will not contaminate the inside of the fruit
How Watermelon Facilitates Weight Loss
Watermelon has various health benefits, all of which directly and indirectly assist with weight loss.
- Watermelon is a fat-free treat, which makes it an ideal diet food
- As it is so sweet and filling, it can help, reduce cravings for other fattier treats
- Watermelon is also a low-carb food with one slice (half of a cup) containing only 12 grams of carbohydrates, which makes it ideal for those on a Paleo style diet
- Watermelons contain nitric oxide, which helps to fuel muscles for a workout and also benefits those
- It is an excellent source of digestible plant fiber that can help sweep away mucus and waste from the digestive system
- It is a natural diuretic, that also supportive of the kidneys and helps reduce bloating
- A cup of watermelon provides you with one-fifth of your daily need of Vitamin A and Vitamin C, which helps reduce inflammation in the body and makes you more willing to exercise to work off the pounds
- Watermelon is deeply hydrating, which helps to clear your system of toxins, which n turn helps you achieve your weight loss goals
Keep in mind that although watermelon is considered to be a negative calorie food, meaning that it takes more calories to digest it than it actually contains, that you also need to be eating a healthy diet and leading a weight-loss friendly lifestyle in order to shed the pounds.
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