You're one in a "MELON"!!

When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what the angels eat.

-Mark Twain

Watermelons are indeed everyone's favourite. As the summer kicks in, this wonder melon is a delight for all, be it the youngest at home or the eldest. This wonderful fruit not only is fingerlicious, but also is a powerhouse of nutrients! So, the next time you dig in a bite, make sure it's a bigger one!! Watermelons are very refreshing and add just 46 calories per cup. They are fat and cholesterol free and a great source for Vitamin A, Bs, C, lycopene, citrulline, magnesium and potassium. They also impart some other amazing benefits :

✓ Hydration

Water is essential to stay hydrated. Foods high in water-content aid in staying hydrated. And to our wonder watermelons are 92% water. This not only keeps you refreshed and away from dehydration, but also keeps you full and the electrolytes in it's juice- are a shield from the heat stroke!

✓ A Choice for Diabetics

There is a lot of misconception around high sugar levels of watermelon and they being unsuitable for diabetics. Well, they have sugar content of just 9g/cup which is lower than many other fruits like banana, which has 14g of sugar. The confusion comes with it's high glycemic index, a measure of a food’s ability to raise blood sugar levels. But wait- the high water content, gives it a low glycemic load, which means, once had, it would not raise your blood sugar levels quickly. So, all you wondering if or not people with diabetes can have this fruit- YES is the answer! Keep in check your portion- a cup will in-fact just benefit you.

✓ Keeps a Check on Cardio Vascular Health

According to research, heart diseases are the leading cause of death worldwide. Lifestyle factors, such as diet helps you keep a check on your heart health and lowers the risk of stroke. Lycopene, a phytonutrient found in watermelon, not only lowers the cholesterol and blood pressure, but also reduces the stiffness and thickness of artery walls- decreasing the chances of a stroke. It also has Citrulline, an amino acid, that increases nitric oxide levels in the body, which further help your blood vessels expand, and lowers blood pressure.

✓ Keeps Away Cancer

Some nutrients in watermelon, including Cucurbitacin E and lycopene, have been studied for their potential to prevent cancer. Lycopene in particular has been linked to reducing prostate cancer cell proliferation, according to the National Cancer Institute.

✓ Glowing Skin and Hair

Watermelons are full of Vitamin A and C, which are both indeed important for skin and hair health. While, Vitamin C helps your body to make collagen and elastin cells, a protein that keeps your skin supple and your hair strong, Vitamin A creates and repairs the skin cells, keeping your skin healthy.

Improves Athletic Performance

Muscle soreness and cramps are the most talked about things amongst athletes and people who workout regularly. Citrulline and arginine in watermelon, are studied, to reduce muscle soreness and increase blood circulation. Drinking watermelon juice right before workout helps reduce the next-day muscle soreness and heart rate.

Prevents Chronic Diseases

Chronic diseases are majorly a result of inflammation. Antioxidant rich (lycopene and vitamin C), watermelons help lower inflammation and oxidative damage. Lycopene has also been traced to benefit brain health, like in delaying the onset and progression of Alzheimer's disease.

Lycopene is also suggested to keep in check eye health and protect against AMD (age-related macular degeneration).

✓ Improves Digestion and is Easy on Tummy

The high content of water in the watermelons, not only keep us hydrated and refreshed, but also are easy on our digestive tracts. The combination of water and fiber helps improve the digestive health and promote healthy bowel movements.

✓ Nutrilicious Dessert

Watermelon is a blessing because of it's amazing taste. It's a natural low calorie, zero fat, low sodium DESSERT! Be it a healthy smoothie, or a juice or just a big juicy bite- it gives a delicious end to your sweet cravings.

✓ Other Benefits

Citrulline coverts into arginine, another amino acid, that promotes blood flow and circulation. Studies have shown improvements in people with erectile dysfunction, on consumption of watermelon.

Watermelons are a whole package and a great choice for someone looking out for a NATURAL LOW CALORIE TREAT.

It's packed with nutrients, from the pulp to the seeds and the flesh nearest to the rind too, which has the most citrulline! YES, that's true. Apart from all these benefits that the fruit provides us, the watermelons seeds are just like other super food chia and flaxseeds. Watermelon seeds are nutritious and have vitamin B, potassium, magnesium, and zinc, which are linked with various health benefits. They also, are a good source of healthy fats and protein and have a lot of calories too. So, do watch out on portion size.

This summer, make sure you eat enough watermelons and be ONE IN "MELON".

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