5 Things About Watermelon You Probably Didn’t Know

May 22, 2015
Watermelon is an amazing fruit that people around the world enjoy. In this article, discover 5 things about watermelon you probably didn't know.

Watermelon is a very popular fruit. This is because it has a sweet flavor and is very refreshing, as it contains a lot of water. In fact, watermelon contains around 90% water. It also has several different properties. Below, we share 5 things about watermelon that most people don’t know.

5 things about watermelon you probably didn’t know

1. Rich in antioxidants

Watermelon is a fruit that’s rich in antioxidants, especially lycopene. It even has more than raw tomato. This ingredient is a very effective antioxidant that may protect against free radicals and strengthen the immune system. Lycopene also helps fight cellular damage.

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The best thing to do is to eat this fruit three times a week at least. You can also eat the seeds.

2. May help you feel satisfied

Because it’s mainly composed of water, watermelons may help you feel satisfied and keep you from overeating. That’s why you should eat a piece of this fruit just before a meal so you can feel full faster. This may help you reduce your risk of being overweight or obese.

3. May be good for pregnant women

A pregnant woman.

Eating watermelon during pregnancy is great because it contains high levels of vitamin C. Also, as we well know, this vitamin is perfect for reducing risks of and fighting respiratory diseases like the flu or common colds.

In fact, some people eat watermelon with a little bit of lemon, which definitely increases the amount of vitamin C your body takes in. Remember that it’s also easy to make watermelon water.

4. They may reduce your risk of cramps

Watermelons are a huge help for people who play sports. Because it contains a good amount of potassium and vitamin B6, this fruit may reduce your risk of getting annoying cramps that affect your muscles when doing physical exercise.

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These components help your body absorb protein better. In that sense, it’s best to eat a little bit of this fruit a few minutes before exercising. You can also eat it after exercising, because this is a very refreshing fruit due to its high water content.

5. Good for your heart

Heart.

Some recent studies done in the United States found that watermelon may be good for the heart because consuming it every day may help keep blood pressure at good levels, which may reduce the risk of cardiac and vascular diseases.

However, one of the problems in regards to that is that people have to eat a large amount per day in order to get the same results at all times.

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