Sunday, September 7, 2014

Watermelon
Day 7

A Different Fruit A Day Personal Health Challenge


Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food.


Watermelon is the fruit of a plant originally from a vine of southern Africa. The watermelon fruit, loosely considered a type of melon (although not in the genus Cucumis), has a smooth exterior rind and a juicy, sweet, usually red interior flesh.

Despite popular belief that watermelon is made up of only water and sugar, watermelon is actually considered a nutrient dense food, a food that provides a high amount of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants for a low amount of calories.

At 46 calories per cup, watermelon offers 20 percent of your daily intake of vitamin C and 17 percent vitamin A, according to the USDA. That's not all. "Watermelon contains dietary fiber for digestive health as well as potassium, a mineral that helps keep blood pressure capped," says Cynthia Sass, MPH, RD, Health's contributing nutrition editor.

Interesting Watermelon Facts:
  • It has more lycopene than raw tomatoes; 
  • The juice can relieve muscle soreness; 
  • It's a fruit AND a vegetable; 
  • It's packed with, well, water; 
  • There's a yellow variety

 
Grandma Wendy made this Watermelon Fruit
Basket for Reef Indy's 1st Birthday.



Tip:  Want to bring something fun and healthy to your next party?  A watermelon fruit  basket can be used for many events, such as school meetings, church socials, and spring holiday parties. It is festive, adorable, and delicious.

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