We don’t know about you guys, but we’re already gearing up for summer. So to get you in the Summer spirit along with us, here are 10 surprising facts about the snack that is synonymous with the season…watermelon! We already know watermelon is delicious, nutritious and makes a great addition to smoothies, but there’s lots more to learn.
So sip on a Watermelon Mint Smoothie , kick back, relax, and get ready for Summer as you read these sweet and juicy watermelon tidbits.
1) Contrary to popular belief, tomatoes aren’t the food with the most lycopene content. Watermelon has got them beat! Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that is responsible for the vibrant, pink color of the fruit. Lycopene keeps skin looking young and wrinkle free, protects against cancer and heart disease, and also helps prevent macular degeneration.
2) Watermelons also contain l-citruline, an amino acid that protects agains muscle pain. So, the next time you’re feeling sore, you know just what to drink to do the trick.
3) Although it’s often referred to as a fruit, watermelon is actually a vegetable! It’s related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
4) Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and rinds. Giving you even more to love!
5) Watermelon is a super hydrating snack, it’s made of 91.5% water. Watermelon also contains lots of electrolytes, potassium, magnesium and phosphorous, making them an ideal Summertime or after-workout snack.
6) And those nutrients aren’t the only thing, watermelon boasts a hefty dose of. They are also rich in B vitamins including, vitamin B6, which keeps your brain functioning at its best, vitamin A for good eye sight.
7) Mark your calendars! National Watermelon Day is August 3rd. We suggest sipping a watermelon-infused water to celebrate!
8) There’s actually a yellow variety of watermelon, known as yellow crimson. Yellow Crimson is sweeter than its pink counter-part, but boasts just as many nutritional benefits!
9) The watermelon is the official state vegetable of Oklahoma.
10) The heavies watermelon ever grown weighed 268.8 pounds and was grown by Lloyd Bright in 2005. Although, we love watermelon, we don’t think we could eat that much of one!
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