In my previous post, I have shared my experience about my weight loss program plan that really works for me and in that program I really like eating the watermelon. Let us learn more about watermelon and the good benefits of a watermelon in our body.
Watermelon Scientific name: Citrullus Lanatus
History: It is thought to be originated in southern Africa.
Watermelon season: Summer
Nutritional value per 100 g (3.5 oz)
Energy —————– 127 kJ (30 kcal)
Carbohydrates ——— 7.55 g
Sugars—————— 6.2 g
Dietary fiber ———— 0.4 g
Fat——————— 0.15 g
Protein—————– 0.61 g
Water—————— 91.45 g
Vitamin A equiv.——- 28 ?g (3%)
Thiamine (Vit. B1)—– 0.033 mg (3%)
Riboflavin (Vit. B2)—- 0.021 mg (1%)
Niacin (Vit. B3) ——– 0.178 mg (1%)
Pantothenic acid (B5)– 0.221 mg (4%)
Vitamin B6————- 0.045 mg (3%)
Folate (Vit. B9) ——– 3 ?g (1%)
Vitamin C————– 8.1 mg (14%)
Calcium —————- 7 mg (1%)
Iron ——————– 0.24 mg (2%)
Magnesium————- 10 mg (3%)
Phosphorus ———— 11 mg (2%)
Potassium ————- 112 mg (2%)
Zinc——————- 0.10 mg (1%)
- excellent source of vitamins A, C, and B6.
- a great source of potassium (necessary for the function of all living cells, and is thus present in all plant and animal tissues) and very low in sodium (helps to keep calcium and other minerals soluble in the blood, as well as stimulating the adrenal glands from www.vitamins-nutrition.org)
- contain large amounts of beta carotene (helps prevent night blindness and other eye problems, skin disorders, enhance immunity, protects against toxins and cancer formations, colds, flu, and infections researched from www.vitamins-nutrition.org)
- a significant source of lycopene (potential agent for prevention of some types of cancers-wikipedia)
Because of the good benefits of watermelon, it is really good to eat this fruit and I also discovered that it is low in calories good for a healthy diet. For only a cup of watermelon of approximately 46 calories you can replace your high calorie food cravings with this sweet fruit and you can control your healthy diet. It is also good to eat during summer as it quenches thirst and can help to replenish body fluids.