Watermelons As Healthy Snacks

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Watermelon is not only delicious, but extremely healthy, as well.

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

The 2005 Dietary Guidelines state 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 loss.

The guidelines encourage 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 abundant in vitamin C, one arm of the now-famous disease-fighting antioxidant trio. Another arm that’s well represented is betacarotene.

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 have actually been studied in humans.

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

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