5 WATERMELON FACTS THAT MIGHT SURPRISE YOU
With it being National Watermelon Day tomorrow, not better way to celebrate than with some facts that you might not have known.
Watermelon Has More Lycopene Than Raw Tomatoes
Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that may help protect cells from damage. This is why there is a lot of research interest in lycopene’s role, if any, in preventing cancer.
Compared to a large fresh tomato, one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene (6 milligrams (mg) in watermelon compared to 4 mg in a tomato).
Watermelon Juice May Relieve Muscle Soreness
This is because Watermelon's contain L-citrulline, an amino acid, that can help reduce muscle soreness. Watermelon is also an anti-inflammatory and helps balance the fluids in your body, which both aid muscle soreness.
Watermelon Is a Fruit and a Vegetable
*Gasps!* Watermelon is from the same family as cucumber, squash and pumpkin making it a vegetable, but it is also a fruit because it grows from a seed, it has a sweet flavor and refreshing qualities.
You can eat Watermelon Rind and Seeds!
While many people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and actually quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein, and fiber. Which is a bonus, cause often they are tricky to scrap off!
It's Mostly Water
Not as surprising as the other facts but it's fun to know watermelon is 91% water! This means that eating watermelon with you on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated (although it's not a substitute for drinking enough water)!
What fun facts do you know about Watermelon - share them with us if you want in the comments below. Otherwise go get a watermelon and celebrate this great holiday!!