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Watermelons properties

Nutritional properties of watermelon

watermelon slice

Photo of watermelon slice, showing the pulp and some seeds

Watermelons are very rich in lycopene

Watermelon is rich in lycopene, which is the dyeing substance that gives watermelon its peculiar red or pink colour.

Lycopene, is the same component to which tomatoes owe their red color. This component is very beneficial because of its medicinal properties for the body. Among all of them , we can point out the prevention of many types of cancers or its power to lower bad cholesterol.

Once ingested lycopene into is one of the best antioxidants. The intake of this flavonoid can help prevent many diseases and delay aging .

Watermelons are rich in vitamins

Watermelons, like melons, are very rich in vitamin A , in the form of carotenes. In much less proportion, another very important vitamin that contains watermelon with antioxidant properties is vitamin C, which, among other virtues, helps form collagen which makes it ideal for healing wounds caused by trauma, cuts, burns, surgery, etc.

This vitamin is also very suitable for the formation of new tissue in problems of broken bones, sprains, torn ligaments, etc..


Watermelon contains a lot of vitamin B

In addition to vitamin A and vitamin C , watermelons have quite high amounts of vitamins of group B. Among all, specially pyridoxine (vitamin B6) whose function in the body is to metabolize carbohydrates, fats and protein. besides regulating the nervous system. A lack of this vitamin can cause, among other symptoms, nervousness, sleep problems, learning difficulties or muscle weakness .

It also contains Vitamin B3 (Niacin) without whose presence the body's cells would be unable to produce energy. This vitamin helps maintain cholesterol levels low, lowers blood pressure, protects the digestive system and allows us to have good skin.

Therefore, eating watermelons is a good way to dispose of these vitamins in a natural way, without having to resort to vitamin supplements that can cause overdose problems.

For its water content, if we eat watermelon during the summer months, it will calm our thirst, avoiding dehydration and heat problems. We will enjoy its sweetness and, more importantly, we will strengthen the body's defenses against polluting products or toxins outside of our own body.


Watermelons are very good for your skin health

We should not forget that our skin suffers many attacks from excessive solar radiation, dry atmosphere in the beach, or lack of moisture during this season. Melons help keep skin in good condition and have a nice shiny hair, while they protect us from sunlight allowing a more attractive and secure suntan look.


Watermelons contain a lot of minerals

We must not forget the wealth of watermelons in minerals, especially manganese, necessary for the formation of bones, nervous system and to build proteins. It is believed that the lack of this mineral leads to disinterest in personal relations. In this sense, this fruit is considered as a good stimulant. It contains enough potassium to counteract sodium and increase urination by allowing the body to remove excess of water.

Properties of watermelon

A summary of the main curative properties of watermelon


Differences between watermelons and melons

Although watermelon and melons are fruits belonging to different plants, people are often trying to compare one with another. Even when they appear in supermarkets there is a tendency to put them against each other as if they were brothers. More than brothers, we could say that they are "cousins". Both belong to the same family (Cucurbitaceae) but to different genres (Citrullus and Cucumis, respectively). This relationship gives these two fruits very similar food properties.


What are more fattening, watermelons or melons?

The first thing people ask is which of them should be more slimming. It is normally believed that watermelon has a lot fewer calories than melon and therefore it is less fattening. The differences are very small. 100 g of cantaloupe or honeydew provide 35 calories, while 100 g of watermelon provides 32, which indicates that they have virtually the same caloric power. If we consider that the potassium content of watermelon is nearly half that of the melon, you probably come to the conclusion that melon can be better than watermelon in the diets of people who want to remove fluid or lose weight.

Moreover watermelon contains much less sodium than melon, so it will be more useful for people who must take foods low in salt. Watermelon is ideal for those with hypertension, and for all those who need a food with diuretic properties: sufferers of arthritis, gout, obesity, diabetes, kidney stones, or cholesterol, conditions where watermelon offers superior properties to melon .

In general, we can say that watermelon is less vitaminizing and mineralizing than melon, except in Vitamin A and calcium. It contains much less vitamin C, so its antioxidant properties are lower than in melon. Its content of phosphorus and iron are also lower. It has less fiber than melon, although melon fiber is very adequate to prevent constipation.

We rate the melon and watermelon as genuine "low calorie sweet snacks" when compared to other sweet foods, such as cookies or chocolate. Taking a piece of these fruits as a snack for children is an ideal way to nourish them and, at the same time, to kill the craving sweets. The calories from watermelon carbohydrates will provide a longer and lasting energy that fats and with less contraindications. This same property is very useful to calm the cravings of pregnancy.


Are watermelons or melons suitable for diabetes?

Melon and watermelon help maintain levels of blood sugar stable in a way that they reduce hunger and prevent us to eat other less suitable food . This condition makes them suitable for diabetics, provided that they are eaten in the right amount, always advised by the doctor.


Watermelons contraindications

Despite all their properties, you should not mix melons with watermelons because they are incompatible with each other.

Given the richness of these foods in potassium, especially melon, they are not suitable for people with kidney failure. Also they should not be eaten as a dessert after meals, at least in large quantities, because, given its wealth of water, they can neutralize digestive acids and produce indigestion. They should be eaten between meals.

Watermelon and melon composition per 100g
  Watermelon Melon (Cantaloup)
Water 91, 51 g 89, 78 g
Calories Kcal 32 Kcal 35 Kcal
Fats 0, 43 g 0, 28 g
Carbohydrates 7, 18 g 8, 36 g
Fiber 0,5 g 0,8 g
Potassium 116 mg 309 mg
Iron 0,17 mg 0,21 mg
Manganese 0,037 mg 0,047 mg
Sodium 2 mg 9 mg
Phosphorus 9 mg 17 mg
Magnesium 11 mg 11 mg
Calcium 8 mg 11 mg
Vitamin C 9 mg 42 mg
Vitamin A 366 IU 322 IU
Vitamin B 1 0.080 mg 0.036 mg
Vitamin B 2 0,0 20 mg 0,0 21 mg
Niacin 0, 200 mg 0, 574 mg
Folic acid 2 mg 17 mg

* Related information: how do you know a watermelon is ripe?

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