Wednesday, July 23, 2008

3 Reasons To Eat Watermelon

Watermelon is a summertime staple for any barbecue or party. Besides its yummy deliciousness, there are 3 reasons from RealAge.com why you should eat watermelon.

Here goes:
  1. Watermelon is loaded with lycopene, which is great news for your body because early research has shown that lycopene may be a cancer crusher.

  2. Watermelon can make your skin pretty because it is loaded with a key compound credited with helping skin's healing and regenerative processes.

  3. It is practically calorie-free! Watermelon contains less than 50 calories in every cup. It also has a whopping 141 grams of water per cubed cup, which will keep you hydrated, too.

Plus, a recent study showed watermelon can have Viagra-like affect on men...interesting!!!

And here's some extra watermelon trivia for you. Whole watermelons that are stored at room temperature deliver more cell-protecting antioxidants (specifically lycopene and beta carotene) than refrigerated melons.

After watermelon is picked, it continues to ripen and build up antioxidants. However, if you chill the melon, it seems to cut this antioxidant build up process short. Your body will be best served if you keep the watermelon on the counter until you are ready to cut it. Of course, after the watermelon is cut, you should store it in the refrigerator for safety reasons.

1 comment:

The Mrs. said...

Havent even had watermelon yet this summer! I need to!

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