Watermelon | Health Benefits for Juicy Fruit
Watermelons were primarily grown on lighter soils in regions with warmer climates. Watermelons were a warm season crops consumed as dessert fruits and the rinds were used for making pickles and preserves. However, with increased market acceptance, better edible quality and long distance shipping adaptability, the growth of watermelons has increased worldwide. Certain breeds of watermelons have been developed to be more specific to regions of the world. The breeding has resulted in improved quality, which involves maximum sugar content, excellent flavor, and firm flesh with deep red color pigment due to the presence of lycopene.
The sweet, juicy watermelon is actually packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature. It reduces the risk of fatal diseases like asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer, and arthritis. Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Watermelon is a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1, magnesium, and potassium. Watermelon has a high nutrient density due to the higher water content and lower calorie content than many other fruits. A rich source of vitamins A and C, watermelon also contains lycopene. Lycopene is a red pigment that occurs naturally in certain plant and algal tissues. In addition to giving watermelon and tomatoes their color it is an excellent anti-oxidant that can help prevent heart disease and some forms of cancer.
For those who do not like to consume fruits in general but have taken to it on account of health reasons, watermelons offer a lot of varieties to cheer about. This wonderful fruit can be consumed in various forms- as a fruit, as a snack, as a drink or smoothie, as desserts, pies, ice creams and what not! There are a number of recipes that can easily be prepared at home. Frozen watermelon desserts like the Americana Basket, Watermelon Popsicles, Watermelon Snow Cups make use of watermelons in combination with other fruits like strawberries, kiwi fruit, blueberries etc. The goodness of watermelon in combination with these nutritious fruits works wonders to provide almost all the necessary nutrients required by your body.