Benefits Of Watermelon
There are a lot of health benefits from eating watermelons. Some even say that it is the natural Viagra of nature. One of the most well-known benefits of watermelon is as a dietary aid derived from eating the flesh. An unknown source of more benefits would be those from the rind and the seeds.
Consuming the Flesh
There are a lot of ways to enjoy the flesh of the watermelon, but the most popular way is to just eat the flesh fresh. Some enjoy it as part of a salad or as a fruit shake. Because it is made mostly of water, it is not fattening as most fruits are. This is why it is always recommended to be the go-to choice for those trying to lose weight. It is also a popular fruit during summer months as it is refreshing on its own.
Just a single wedge of a watermelon gives you a third of your daily requirement for Vitamin A and C and is packed with a lot of anti-oxidants. It has enough sugar content to satiate your cravings for sweets on top of all the minerals you need like magnesium. You get loads of beta-carotene and lycopene that are both powerful anti-cancer components.
The best part about it is that the water content of the fruit combined with the calorie and protein content works well to help you lose weight. It gives you enough energy to sustain you during your workout and at the same time hydrates you. You are assured that any of the calories you consume will be burned and flushed out of your system before you know it.
Do not dismiss those anemic looking rinds. They pack the same nutrients and give you the same benefits of watermelon flesh. They may not taste as good but there are ways to fix them into nice treats. Throw them in a blender with some other fruit juice or the flesh of the watermelon to make a shake or smoothie. You can even add in a shot of rum or vodka to the mix for the perfectly healthy summer cocktail. The rind contains enough citrulline to replace over-the-counter blood diluters like Viagra. (citrulline is an α-amino acid. Its name is derived from citrullus, the Latin word for watermelon, from which it was first isolated in 1930.Wikipedia)
There are also several benefits of watermelon seeds. Seeds are not only good for planting to renew your supply of watermelons. They are good enough to eat. You can eat them raw or you can roast or toast them and eat them as alternatives to common nuts. Sprinkle some on your salad or main course to reap loads of potassium, calcium and iron to boost your immune system. Watermelon can be used in all kinds of recipes including slushies, salsas and salads, one of the most popular being watermelon salad with feta. See videos below!