Watermelon… Yum! It’s not just a summer favorite. It’s actually a secret weapon for protecting your good health.
In fact, watermelon may help us lose “The Quarantine 15” (weight gained during lockdown). Plus, there are so many health benefits from this seasonal favorite.
Here’s how it helps us, and how to choose it:
It’s 92% water, so eating it helps us stay hydrated. It’s especially helpful, both before and after a workout.
Watermelon left at room temperature is packed with more antioxidants than one stored in the fridge.
It makes us feel good! Watermelon is loaded with vitamin C, and vitamin B-6, which our bodies use to manufacture the mood balancing brain chemicals serotonin and dopamine.
Watermelon is high in cancer-fighting lycopene! That’s an anti-oxidant and nutrient, which also helps your heart.
Did you know that it is rich in L-citrulline? That’s an amino acid, which helps improve blood flow (like Viagra, L-citrulline increases blood flow to the sexual organs, without any negative side effects).
Here’s how to pick the best one:
Whether you choose a round, oval, or elongated watermelon, make sure it has a symmetrical and uniform shape – without bumps or cuts.
Watermelon with seeds is sweeter than seedless.
When you’re choosing a watermelon, go for the one that feels the heaviest for its size.
Turn around the watermelon and look for a yellow spot, which suggests it reached peak ripeness on the vine. Avoid those with a white spot.
Try tapping a watermelon with your hand or fist. A ripe one delivers a deep sound. An overripe melon sounds hollow or flat.
A ripe watermelon should have a firm rind, that doesn’t give to pressure, and is not easily scratched.
A watermelon’s tail is a piece of stem that remains attached after harvesting. A dry stem usually indicates a ripe watermelon.
Damaged or spoiled watermelons may not be safe to eat. Some signs you should pay attention to include dark spots, rind injuries, and a rancid odor.