Nutritious, delicious …”wow-a-melon”!

WATERMELON-AES

This summertime chin dribbling favourite is brimming with so much nutritional goodness it could, very well, have been called “wow-a-melon!”

Watermelon’s high water content has always made it the perfect snack to quench your thirst and keep you hydrated. That is though, just a drop in the bucket compared to its many other health benefits!   Munch on a  couple of cool slices to help boost your immune system while getting more than 20% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin C! It’s also an excellent source of vitamin A, B6 and a good source of potassium, magnesium and even a source of protein if you swallow (not spit out) the seeds!

Its bright red flesh is the tip off to its very high level of lycopene, (the highest concentration of any other fruit or vegetable, yup, even more than tomatoes!) A recent Cochrane systematic review  suggests a diet rich in lycopene, such as that found in watermelons, could be linked to lowering the risk of some cancers, including prostate cancer.  Research into watermelon’s unique amino acids; citrulline and arginine, has indicated it may be beneficial in lowering blood pressure and contribute to positive cardiovascular health.

Watermelons are available all summer long and because they’re grown locally they not only help the environment, with a smaller carbon footprint, they also support Ontario farmers! Did you know watermelons are one of the best, “clean” (low pesticide residue) fruit choices?  Canada’s food guide recommends we eat plenty of servings of fruit. Will you be adding watermelon to your shopping list this week?

Whether you’re curious to learn more about nutrition or keen to get the low down on what is the best choice to fuel your appetite be sure to check out the library’s Nutrition subject guide.

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