There is nothing like a juicy peach, a handful of ripe cherries, or a sweet watermelon on a hot summer afternoon.
Watermelon is one of my all time favorites. It reminds me of childhood memories of running through the sprinklers at my grandparent’s backyard and taking a break to eat a piece of watermelon. Not only is a perfect sweet treat for a summer picnic…it has many health benefits.
- Watermelon is very hydrating. It contains about 90% water with minimal calories.
- Good source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Vitamin A, and B5
- Best source of Lycopene which gives it it’s rich red color. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant.
- Source of citrulline which is a plant compound that is converted to arginine in the body. Arginine is an amino acid that helps in the production of nitric oxide which is a gas molecule that causes the tiny muscles around the blood vessels to relax…meaning it can possibly help lower blood pressure.
If you are on a low glycemic index diet then eat watermelon in moderation. It is mostly water and simple sugars. The glycemic index (meaning the rate the sugars enter the blood stream is between 72-80 which is on the higher end. Also if you have Irritable Bowel Syndrome and are on the low FODMAP (shortchain carbohydrates that some people have a problem digesting) then you will want to avoid eating watermelon.