Watermelons are now in season and they’re not only delicious and juicy, they are also highly nutritious and are a great snack alternative.
This tasty fruit is a great source of hydration and each serve of watermelon (154g) will provide you with 141mL of water. Due to its high water content, watermelon is a refreshing snack and can be eaten on its own, frozen and eaten as a substitute for ice creams/ice blocks and can be eaten during or post exercise to aid with energy production and reduce fatigue.
The pink/red pigment of watermelon is caused by a nutrient called Lycopene. Lycopene is one of the carotenoids and although it is much weaker than its cousin beta-carotene and Vitamin A, it still acts as a strong antioxidant. This nutrient assists with improving overall wellbeing and general health. For every 2 cups of Watermelon consumed, you will consume 4.1mg of Lycopene.
Watermelon is also a great source of Vitamin C with each serve providing 12.5mg of this vitamin. Vitamin C is another potent antioxidant and has an influence on improving skin elasticity by influencing collagen, assists with immune function and it also has a strong affinity for the adrenal glands.
Next time you’re craving an icy cold beverage or snack, grab a slice of this delicious fruit.