You know it’s summer when the watermelons come out. Is there anything more refreshing than letting your teeth sink into that watery, pink flesh? Is there any family activity more fun than having a watermelon fight and jumping in the pool afterwards to rinse all the sticky goodness from your body?
We think not.
You’ll be glad to know that this particular summer fruit also holds a number of health benefits.
It’s low on calories
Watermelon contains only 46 calories per cup, so munch away!
It’s extra hydration
Because watermelon is 92% water, eating it is an excellent way of staying hydrated in the summer heat.
One cup of watermelon contains 21% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C, 18% of your RDI of vitamin A, 5% of your RDI of potassium, 4% of your RDI of magnesium and 3% of your RDI of vitamins B1, B5 and B6. It’s also jam-packed with carotenoids like beta-carotene and lycopene.
It’s can improve digestion
Watermelon is a fibre-rich fruit that also has a high water content, which both help to bring about better digestion and easier bowel movements.
It can help to relieve muscle soreness
One of the amino acids in watermelon, citrulline, may relieve soreness in the muscles and even aid heart rate recovery. This makes it the ideal snack after a workout.
While it’s in season, make sure you get your fill of this healthy and delicious summer fruit!