Spotlight: Watermelon

W is for Watermelon

At over 90% water, the watermelon is a great summer refresher.

🍉 The watermelon originates from South Africa and is related to the cantaloupe 🍈, pumpkin 🎃 and cucumber 🥒

🍉 Fat free, low salt and low in calories – the watermelon is a great snack

🍉 Watermelons contain high levels of Lycopene, a phytonutrient linked with heart and bone health

🍉Watermelons contain citrulline, a non-essential amino acid that increases blood flow and research suggests it MAY help reduce muscle soreness after exercise

🍉 Watermelons also contain beta-carotene, an antioxidant that supports the immune system and promotes skin and eye health

🍉 To get the most benefits from the antioxidants, wait until the watermelon is fully ripe, the redder, the better

🍉 Other vitamins and minerals found in watermelons are;
Vitamin A – for eye and skin health and to support a healthy immune system,
Vitamin B5 – for making blood cells, and converting food into energy,
Vitamin C – for skin health and immune function,
Copper – to help form red blood cells,
Potassium – for heart health and controlling blood pressure