6 interesting facts about watermelon

In the US, watermelon is the most consumed plant in the gourd family. A cousin of cucumbers, pumpkins and squash, it is thought to have first appeared in Egypt around 5000 years ago. His images are found in hieroglyphs. 1. Watermelon contains more lycopene than raw tomatoes Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that turns fruits and vegetables pink or red. Most commonly associated with tomatoes, watermelon is actually a more concentrated source of lycopene. Compared to a large fresh tomato, one glass of watermelon juice contains 1,5 times more lycopene (6 mg in watermelon and 4 mg in tomato). 2. Watermelon is good for muscle pain If you have a juicer, try juicing 1/3 fresh watermelon and drink it before your next workout. A glass of juice contains just over one gram of L-citrulline, an amino acid that will prevent muscle pain. 3. Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable Do you know what is common between watermelon, pumpkin, cucumbers? All of them are both vegetables and fruits: they have sweetness and seeds. What else? The skin is completely edible. 4. Watermelon peel and seeds are edible Most people throw away the watermelon rind. But try mixing it in a blender with lime for a refreshing drink. The peel contains not only a huge amount of the most useful, blood-creating chlorophyll, but also the amino acid citrulline even more than in the pulp itself. Citrulline is converted in our kidneys to arginine, this amino acid is not only important for heart health and the immune system, but also has a therapeutic effect in various diseases. While many prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and quite healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein and fiber. (For reference: seedless watermelons are not genetically modified, they are the result of hybridization). 5. Watermelon is mostly water. Perhaps this is not surprising, but still a fun fact. Watermelon is over 91% water. This means that a fruit/vegetable like watermelon will help you stay hydrated on a hot summer day (however, this does not eliminate the need for fresh water). 6. There are yellow watermelons Yellow watermelons consist of a sweeter, honey-flavored, yellow-colored flesh that is sweeter than the common, common variety of watermelon. Most likely, yellow watermelon contains its own unique set of nutritional properties. However, at present, most watermelon research is interested in the most well-known, pink-fleshed variety of watermelon.  

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