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8 Reasons to Love Watermelon

8 REASONS TO LOVE WATERMELON

Author Katherine Brooking, MS, RD from Web MD gives us eight reasons to love watermelon!  Me personally, I don’t need ANY reasons, but just in case you do, here are some of them….

“Watermelon is more than just your average picnic fare – this sweet, juicy fruit packs a surprising nutritional punch. Here are 8 reasons why you should slice one open today.

1. It’s Packed with Nutrition – Not Calories! One serving – 2 cups of diced watermelon, or 1/18th of a medium melon – has just 80 calories. Plus, it’s an excellent source of vitamins A and C, and potassium.

2. It Helps Keep You Hydrated. 92% of watermelon is – you guessed it – water! This makes it a great option for helping you stay hydrated. Whether you sliced it, cube it, juice it or blend it, watermelon is a perfect way to help meet your fluid needs.

3. It’s Loaded with Lycopene. Lycopene gives watermelon (as well as tomatoes, pink grapefruit and guava) its red color – and strong antioxidant properties. Some studies suggest lycopene can help prevent cardiovascular disease, while others show that it may help protect against certain cancers as well as cataracts. For the most lycopene, make sure your watermelon has a deep pink color, rather than a white-pink hue.

4. It’s Not Just for Summer. Watermelon may conjure up images of summer, but fresh watermelon is available year-round. It can be enjoyed on its own, or in recipes from breakfast smoothies to watermelon salsa, grilled watermelon, and even watermelon pudding. One of my favorite ways to start the day? This Watermelon Kiwi Smoothie!                                                       ‘

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