The season of watermelon has already knocked on our doors. Besides, being a mighty fruit in size, it also has several health benefits. This juicy, sweet and soft fruit are a perfect thirst-quencher for any season. Dr. Shilpa Mittal – Nutritionist, Diet Consultant and Founder of Nutrilife Health Management, Mumbai helps us to understand why this mighty fruit is so mighty.
This fruit is best eaten during summer because they are not only sweet but also juicy. It has approximately 92 percent water and 8 percent sugar content in it. It is also a good sun-protector. According to a recent study, consumption of watermelon helps to cut down sun related damage by 40 percent. The presence of the best antioxidant – lycopene helps to hunt down UV – induced free radicals that can cause sunburn and wrinkling. Besides, this antioxidant also helps to reduce the risk of various types of cancer like skin cancer.
If you have sleep disorders like insomnia or sleep apnoea, eating watermelon can help to treat it and aid a better sleep. Watermelon is rich in vitamin B6; this vitamin helps in the production of serotonin and dopamine. Both these chemicals are mood related compounds. When these chemicals are produced in the body, your brain becomes less sensitive to disruptive stimuli like noise, and thus assures you good sleep.
Watermelons are also rich in electrolytes, sodium and potassium, thus it helps to avoid dehydration, caused by perspiration. Besides, the presence of potassium also helps to control your blood pressure level.
Watermelons are a good source of various vitamins like vitamin A, vitamin B and vitamin C. You don’t have to worry about your weight, while consuming watermelon because they are low in calories and high in nutrient content.
How to choose the right watermelon?
Always choose a watermelon that is symmetrical and firm in shape. The watermelon you pick should be devoid of any cuts or bruises. Turn the watermelon, and hunt for a yellow area. The presence of a yellow spot on your watermelon is a good sign, as it states that the watermelon was placed on the ground during the ripening season under the sun. It also indicates that the melon is sweeter and juicier. Now, slap your watermelon, if it sounds hollow then it is ripe.