Natalie Richard: In Good Taste


5 Great Reasons To Add Watermelon To Your Diet

More powerful than it looks!

We now know more than ever that a daily regime high in fruits and vegetables is the best to promote vitality and good health, and prevent cancer and other diseases. Plus, we all know that since the body is made of at least 70% water, we do need to stay hydrated. Sometimes a headache is just a simple message from your body to remind you to drink a glass of water . . . or to have a slice of watermelon.

1. Watermelon is made of 92% water, so it is really hydrating. And as we know, water is vital for a healthy body.

2. Watermelon is the perfect food to eat after working out for rehydration, but also because it is rich in citrulline, present both in the flesh and in the rind.

3. Watermelon is one of the rare foods to be that high in citrulline, an important amino acid, which combined with arginine can reduce blood pressure and reduce cholesterol. It also reduces lactic acid and ammonia in muscle tissues, which is why athletes love it!    

4. Watermelon is rich in lycopene, which is an antioxidant. One portion (2 cups) contains 18,16 mg.

5. Watermelon is rich in vitamins, such as vitamin C, thiamine (B1), vitamin B6, and vitamin A.

Other fruits and vegetables containing citrulline are: cucumbers and other melons, garlic and onions.

Here are some amazing watermelon recipes to amuse your tate buds:

Incdredible Watermelon and Arugula Salad

Waremelon, Feta and Mint Salad

Watermelon Gaspacho