5 Amazing Things About Watermelon

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Summer time is the best time for watermelons. They’re delicious and refreshing and contain a lot of great stuff! If you love watermelons then you need to know that they are more than just a summer fruit. With just about 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers you Vitamins A and C along with other health benefits. So if you want to know more about what makes watermelons great, here are five amazing things you need to know.

1. Watermelon contains more lycopene than tomatoes

Lycopene is an antioxidant which is mostly found in tomatoes but did you know that it can also be found in watermelons? That’s right; watermelon contains lycopene too and even better. A cup of watermelon contains about 1.5 times the lycopene found in a tomato. Lycopene is known to be a powerful antioxidant that helps fight the free radicals that causes damage to your immune system. It is also found to be good for the heart and helps fight the risk of cancer.

2. Watermelon relieves muscle soreness

After an intense workout, try eating watermelon and you will notice that your muscles aren’t as sore as before. That’s because the juice of the watermelon contains I-citrulline which is an amino acid that helps protect the muscles against pain. So if you think you will be up for a challenging workout or training, eat watermelon before and after your workout. That will help you fight off the soreness.

3. Watermelon is mostly water

Although you can chew it, watermelons are 90 percent made of water. That is why it is the favorite fruit of many people during summer. It keeps you hydrated and prevents you from dehydration during heat waves.

4. Watermelon seeds and rind can be eaten

Some people throw away the rind thinking that it has no use anymore but if you put it in a blender with some lime, you might just have a refreshing juice. Rind contains a lot of chlorophyll which is great for the blood. It also contains more amino acids than its pink flesh which is great for the heart. It also helps in promoting and boosting your immune system. While the rind provides you with good health benefits, the seeds also provide iron, zinc, protein and fiber. A black watermelon seed are especially great and is packed with awesome benefits.

5. Watermelon is both fruit and vegetable

Watermelons are unlike any other fruits. In fact it’s both fruit and vegetable! Watermelons are produced by seed-producing plants but its family really comes from the likes of pumpkins, cucumbers and squash. They are what is called Cucurbitaceae which makes them very unique indeed!

Not only are they delicious and refreshing, they are also packed with awesome vitamins and amino acids. Best of all, it’s not bitter-tasting nor is it hard to eat. Just pick ‘em and slice ‘em and you are all good! If you don’t like eating watermelons then you can choose another variety called Yellow Crimson. It’s also a kind of watermelon but the difference is that it’s yellow on the inside and not reddish/pink! Best of all, it’s as sweet as honey! So you really can’t say no to that, right?