The watermelon season comes, and this popular fruit will soon be sold at every corner. Everyone knows about health benefits of the watermelon, but the following five facts can become a discovery.
1. Watermelon contains more lycopene than tomatoes
One slice of watermelon contains 1.5 times more lycopene than a large fresh tomato – 6 mg to 4 mg. Lycopene is a powerful antioxidant that prevents free radicals from destroying our cells and impairing the immune system. Some researchers believe that lycopene also fights heart disease and certain types of cancer.
2. Watermelon juice relieves muscle fatigue
Spanish researchers found that watermelon juice is an ideal tool for recovery after intense workouts. By the way, you can drink it before the workout, as it will help reduce muscle fatigue.
3. This is a fruit, a vegetable, and a berry at the same time
Disputes about whether the watermelon is a fruit or a vegetable are meaningless, because it is both. On the one hand, it is a fruit of a plant that is grown from seed, with a characteristic sweet taste. However, the watermelon belongs to the Cucurbitaceae family, which are vegetables.
4. Pure water
Watermelon is 91.5% water. As dehydration is very harmful to health, people who regularly consuming watermelons are at great benefit. This is another plus of the watermelon.
5. There is a yellow watermelon
Do not think that the color of the watermelon flesh is always the same. There are Yellow Crimson watermelons with an even sweeter honey flavor.