Most people scream for Ice cream but not me, I SCREAM FOR WATERMELON! Yes, that juicy sweet fruit that just takes my breath away.
Watermelon is not only amazingly yummy, but it very healthy, as well. When watermelon is eaten you are consuming powerful antioxidants that travels through the body to kick those free radicals butt. Free radicals are organic molecules that contribute to aging, tissue damage, and even progression of certain diseases. Watermelon, is shown to reduce inflammation that contributes to diabetes, asthma, atherosclerosis, and arthritis.
Bursting with lots of flavor and nutrition watermelon touts the following benefits:
Vitamin A: This vitamin supports helps support eye health and is an antioxidant that can help the body to fight off the damaging effects of free radicals.
Vitamin C: Eating watermelon can also help boost the immune system because of it vitamin C content. Vitamin C helps heal wounds and prevent cell damage.
Vitamin B6: While biting into this juicy fruit, Vitamin B is another amazing benefit. This vitamin is required for the synthesis of the neurotransmitters serotonin and norepinephrine, substances your produces to help stabilize your mood.
Lycopene: Most people think that tomatoes are best source for Lycopene, but watermelon has the highest concentration of the nutrient out of any fruit or vegetable. Research has found that lycopene may help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease and macular degeneration.
Potassium: Bananas are not the only source potassium, watermelon is next best thing. Potassium helps muscle and nerve function and helps the body to maintain proper balance of electrolytes and acid.
Water: Watermelons are about 90% water, which helps your body stay hydrated.
Tips For Buying Watermelon
How do you tell when a watermelon is ripe? The ultimate test of maturity is thumping. Many old-timers claim this technique is foolproof. In the early morning or late afternoon (never in the heat of the day), rap the melon. If it is ripe, it sounds dull, flat, or dead. If it is green, it will give off a higher, hollow, musical, metallic ring. A ripe melon says “punk” and a green one says “pink” or “pank.”
Ripe watermelons should have a yellow underside where the fruit contacted the ground and the rind should have a healthy sheen. If a watermelon is very hard and white pale green on the underside, it probably is immature.
Once picked, watermelon sugar content does not increase. However, when stored at warmer temperatures, color will deepen.