Watermelons, Healthy Snacks

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Watermelon is not only delicious but extremely healthy as well.

Most melons are rich in potassium, a nutrient that may help control blood pressure, regulate heart beat and possibly prevent strokes.

A 2005 Dietary Guideline States that a potassium-rich diet helps keep salt from raising blood pressure and may also reduce the risk of developing kidney stones and possibly age-related bone problems.

The guideline encouraged adults to consume 4,700 miligrams per day while keeping sodium to less than 2,300 miligrams per day which is one teaspoon of salt.

Melons are also rich with Vitamin C, one arm of the now famous disease-fighting antioxidant trio. Another arm that is well represented in beta-carotene.

Researchers believe that beta-carotene and Vitamin C are capable of preventing heart disease, cancer and other chronic conditions. No matter which way you cut them when it comes to nutrition, melons are number one.

Watermelon is a valuable source of lycopene, one of the carotenoids that has actually been studied in humans.

Research indicates that lycopene is helpful in reducing the risk of prostate, breast and endometrial cancers, as well as lung and colon cancer.

Whether you choose watermelons for their health benefits or simply for their good flavour, they can be an excellent snack, summer dish-or gardening project.

In terms of nutritional value, an average watermelon has 46 calories with a nil gram of fat and cholesterol while carbohydrate 11g; Protein 1g, Sodium 2mg, Vitamin A 8651U, Niacin 1mg, Pantothenic Acid 1mg, Theamin 1mg, Vitamin B6 1mg, Vitamin 12mg, Calcium 11mg, Magnesium 15mg, Potassium 170mg and carotenoids 7,481mg.