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Fun & Healthy Food of the Summer!

Watermelon is 92 percent water.

 

Watermelon

 Did you know that the fruit that you grew up spitting the seeds of:

Is 92 percent water

A Fruit:  

Fruit of the plant from a vine originally found in southern Africa

and

A Vegetable:

Member of the gourd family related to cucumber, squash and pumpkin.  

  1. Not only does it quench your thirst, it can also quench inflammation that contributes to conditions like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis.
  2. Over 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
  3. Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber and vitamins A & C and is a good source of potassium.
  4. Pink watermelon is also a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. These powerful antioxidants travel through the body neutralizing free radicals.
  5. Watermelon is a vegetable! It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  6. Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  7. Watermelon is grown in over 96 countries worldwide.
  8. In China and Japan watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
  9. In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  10. Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds.

 

  • Vitamin A found in watermelon is important for optimal eye health and boosts immunity by enhancing the infection-fighting actions of white blood cells called lymphocytes.
  • Vitamin B6 found in watermelon helps the immune system produce antibodies. Antibodies are needed to fight many diseases. Vitamin B6 helps maintain normal nerve function and form red blood cells. The body uses it to help break down proteins. The more protein you eat, the more vitamin B6 you need.
  • Vitamin C in watermelon can help to bolster the immune system's defenses against infections and viruses and can protect a body from harmful free radicals that can accelerate aging and conditions such as cataracts.
  • A two-cup serving of watermelon is also a source of potassium, a mineral necessary for water balance and found inside of every cell. People with low potassium levels can experience muscle cramps.

 

Easy Recipe: Juice several pieces of watermelon and add juice of a fresh lime. Pour over ice!

 

Eat alone or in salads, side dishes, desserts, entrees, beverages and even salsas and sauces!

 

Nature is abundant!

 

Kathleen Kasprzak

www.kkhealthcoach.com


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dontbitetheapple June 19, 2012 at 02:17 AM
I love to make a pitcher with ice, watermellon (or any other fruit) and water and drink from that for the day. So much better than a packet of flavor! Looking forward to more tips!
Kathleen Kasprzak Health Coach June 19, 2012 at 01:10 PM
More on the Way! Next blog waiting to be released: Are you a Coco Nut? Perhaps a little coconut water instead of a sports drink? Get the picture?! From Nature to Nurture!

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