Eating a cold watermelon on a hot day? Wonderfully refreshing! But are there any nutritional benefits in watermelon, right? Good news: watermelon is not only a water cannon, but also very healthy! Why watermelon is healthy? We list it for you.
1. Surprisingly many nutrients!
A watermelon is not called watermelon for nothing: it consists of 95% water! But it also contains, among other things, iron, fiber, potassium, vitamin C, lycopene and beta-carotene. Beta-carotene is an antioxidant: it protects the cells of the body against harmful influences. Moreover, beta-carotene is converted into vitamin A: good for your skin, hair and eyes!
2. Protein Seeds, Don’t Throw Them Away!
A nice watermelon, but all those black seeds are difficult. They are often removed with great difficulty (read: with surgical precision) and disappear straight into the trash. Shame! Watermelon seeds consist of 35% protein and are packed with vitamins and minerals. Tip: roast them and use them in salads, granola or as a tasty snack. They are often eaten in Asia.
3. Good for the line
Watermelon is good for your weight: it has a diuretic effect, it contains few calories (only 37 per 100 grams) and it makes you feel full (day snacking behaviour!). Perfect for the line!
4. Lycopene, a Powerful Antioxidant
Watermelon is full of lycopene. This is a very powerful antioxidant that helps protect against cancer and cardiovascular disease. But not only that! Pregnant women beware: American research has shown that a high content of lycopene reduces the risk of preeclampsia by 40%! Also good to know: lycopene is best absorbed into the body after a fatty meal (eg with olive oil, feta or salmon).
5. Better Blood Pressure
Why watermelon is healthy? It contains the essential amino acids arginine and citrulline. These help build nitric oxide (NO). This substance lowers blood pressure and helps to protect against heart attacks. American research shows that if you drink a glass of watermelon juice with every meal for 3 weeks, the amount of arginine in the blood increases by 22%. Cheers!