🍉Watermelon is one of our favourite fruits to consume during summers. It has a nutritional profile which is highly beneficial to address certain types of dietary challenges. 100g of watermelon provides 30 kcal. Watermelon contains about 92% water and 7.55% carbohydrates, of which 6.2% are sugars and 0.4% is dietary fibre. 🍉Watermelon is enriched with carotenoids, Vitamin C, citrulline, flavonoids, and fat, while being cholesterol free. Thus, it is considered a low calorie fruit. Watermelon is also a rich source of ß-carotene and acts as an antioxidant and precursor to Vitamin A. It is also a good source of B Vitamins, especially B1 and B6, as well as minerals such as potassium and magnesium.
Some of the nutritional components of watermelon offer other great health benefits are:
🍉Lycopene - an antioxidant that helps reduce oxidative stress and protects you against many chronic diseases
🍉Amino acid citrulline - helps improve blood flow
🍉Vitamin A - helps you keep your eyes and hair healthy 🍉Natural sugars – give you satiety
The glycemic index of watermelon is around 72 with a glycemic load of 5 per 100g, which means it doesn’t raise blood glucose levels.
Watermelon seeds are nontoxic and a rich source of proteins, vitamins, omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids, magnesium, zinc, copper, potassium, and many more minerals.