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Watermelon is commonly grown in a tropical and sub-tropical country for its large kind of berry you can eat. The flesh is sweet and juicy and usually red to pink and with many black seeds. The fruit can be eaten raw or pickled and the rind can be cooked too. It is also full of nutritions like:

One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains:
-43 calories
-0 grams of fat
-2 milligrams of sodium
-11 grams of carbohydrate (including 9 grams of sugar)
-1 gram of fiber

One cup of watermelon will provide the following percentage of daily vitamins:
-17 percent of vitamin A
-21 percent of vitamin C
-2 percent of iron
-1 percent of calcium



also contains thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene, and betaine. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable.


And did you know that this fruit has a lot of health benefits? Here are the list of it:

Health benefits of watermelon

Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease.

Other benefits of the watermelon include promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.

Asthma prevention

The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is vitamin C, found in many fruits and vegetables, including watermelon.

Blood pressure

A study published by the American Journal of Hypertension found that watermelon extract supplementation improved the health of the circulatory system in obese middle-aged adults with prehypertension or stage 1 hypertension.

Diets rich in lycopene - found in watermelon - may help protect against heart disease.

Cancer

As an excellent source of antioxidants, including vitamin C, watermelon can help combat the formation of free radicals known to cause cancer. Lycopene intake has been linked with a decreased risk of prostate cancer in several studies.

Digestion and regularity

Watermelon, because of its water and fiber content, helps to prevent constipation and promote regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

Hydration

Made up of 92 percent water and full of important electrolytes, watermelon is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration. It can also be frozen in slices for a tasty cold Popsicle-style snack.

Inflammation

Choline - found in watermelon - is a very important and versatile nutrient; it aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning, and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat, and reduces chronic inflammation.

Muscle soreness

Watermelon and watermelon juice have been shown to reduce muscle soreness and improve recovery time following exercise in athletes. Researchers believe this is likely due to the amino acid L-citrulline contained in watermelon.

Skin

Watermelon is great for the skin because it contains vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production, which keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

Adequate intake of vitamin C is also needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. Additionally, watermelon contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for healthy looking skin and hair.

BUT DO NOT EAT WATERMELON WHEN YOU SEE THIS

The Chinese have developed a taste for watermelon, which is a popular summer treat there just as it is here. Some Chinese farmers have used a fertilizer that contained a chemical called forchlorfenuron. At first, this seemed like a good idea, for the fertilizer produced watermelons that were 20 percent bigger than usual. It also made the melons grow faster.
Unfortunately, it proved to be too much of a good thing, for the ultra-fast growth caused some of the melons to crack in half. In some cases, the watermelons burst open. Some people described the oversize melons as exploding watermelons. The farmers also noted that the king-sized melons had an unusually high number of white seeds when they ought to have had black seeds. The texture and taste also differed from the norm. The watermelons were also misshapen. 

Forchlorfenuron has been used in fertilizers since the 1980s and is generally considered safe. Cui Jian, the Director of the Vegetable Research Institute at the Qingdao Academy of Agricultural Science, disagrees with that assessment. He says that since watermelons are especially sensitive to chemicals, it is best to avoid using plant hormone chemicals on them.
The United States uses forchlorfenuron-based fertilizers to grow kiwifruit and grapes. Although the chemical is not carcinogenic, the EPA states it should be used only on plants during the early stages of their growth. 

The EPA also reports that forchlorfenuron is toxic to animals. Studies have linked it to increased hair loss, decreased litter sizes, reduced birth weight, and increased mortality in young animals.



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