Eating watermelon on summer days — what could be better? Watermelon is delicious, juicy, sweet and its bright flesh beckons when it is in the refrigerator. In the new article we will tell you everything about watermelon!
In the hot summer, watermelon saves from stuffiness and is not weakly so refreshing. It becomes an ingredient for many summer cocktails and goodies, both adults and children love to feast on it.
Interesting facts about watermelon
And in Japan, by the way, watermelon is considered a great gift. They even grow refrigerated square watermelons that cost between $200 and $800!
The most expensive watermelon costs (you won’t believe it!) 6 thousand dollars apiece — this is the legendary black densuke watermelon, which is grown in Japan. No more than 10,000 pieces are grown each year, and this watermelon has soft and velvety flesh, as well as an incredible sweet taste. They are considered a chic gift.
Is it possible to eat early watermelons
It is believed that early watermelons that appear on store shelves and markets in July are not the best solution due to the large amount of nitrates that can harm the body and cause poisoning. However, some experts assure: the presence of nitrates is normal. Moreover, their quantity is checked before fruiting in Ukraine.
What you should be wary of is nitrites. They are formed from nitrates during long-term storage and transportation of watermelon. These substances harm the cells of the body, thereby disrupting the functioning of the nervous, musculoskeletal and other systems. That is why foreign watermelons can be dangerous to human health. And yes, they are overpriced! Perhaps it is better to wait until August and feast on already juicy and ripe Ukrainian watermelons.
Health benefits and harms of watermelon
Watermelon is terribly popular not only for its taste and appearance, but also because it is extremely healthy. It contains vitamin complexes that have a beneficial effect on the body, and it is also full of lycopene, which is a powerful antioxidant.
Scientists believe that watermelons are a source of longevity, and also that they are equally useful for both women and men, and for children, because the vitamins and minerals in them make it possible to more effectively fight various diseases.
Benefits of watermelon:
- It has a positive effect on the heart and blood vessels, helps with nosebleeds.
- Supports with anemia and VVD.
- Improves the microflora in the stomach and intestines.
- Eliminates signs of aging and improves skin condition.
- Improves the functioning of the mammary glands during lactation.
- Helps to lose weight.
- Relieves headaches and migraines.
- Removes excess cholesterol.
- Breaks down kidney stones.
- Reduces the possibility of cancerous growths.
- Cleans the liver and helps with a hangover.
By the way, losing weight watermelon will also like the fact that it has diuretic properties, removes toxins from the body. You can arrange fasting days on a watermelon!
Even though passion watermelon is good for health, it can also be harmful. So if you have the following diseases and signs, you should treat it a little more carefully and eat wisely:
- diseases of the stomach and kidneys;
- advanced obesity;
- you are under five years old;
- pancreatic diseases;
- bladder disease;
- high level of acidity.
Children can eat very small portions of watermelon, and it is advisable not to give it too early. For the children’s menu, choose home-grown watermelons, not store-bought ones, or better, grow a watermelon in your country house or garden.
On a diet, watermelon is a real salvation. Not only because it contains more water than harmfulness and sweets. Watermelons contain many vitamins and minerals. Among them are vitamins C, E, A, B and PP, as well as calcium and potassium, phosphorus, copper, iodine, magnesium and iron. Lycopene, which we talked about, gives watermelon its red color, so the redder the watermelon, the more of this antioxidant. And it is also worth mentioning fiber, which is easily absorbed by the body and helps if you suffer from constipation.
100 g of watermelon contains:
- 28 kcal
- 0.8 g protein
- 0.2 g fat
- 6 g carbohydrates
- 0.2 g acid
- 93 g water
- 0.6 g dietary fiber
watermelon while breastfeeding
The striped berry is a favorite treat, but many moms don’t know if they can be enjoyed while breastfeeding. To eat or not to eat? Here is the question, when it comes to eating watermelon while breastfeeding, everyone gets stuck for some reason.
If there is a reaction, do not eat
If you have never had an allergy to watermelons, then your baby will not have it either. But you need it without fanaticism — start with a small piece of watermelon, and after feeding, carefully look to see if the baby has allergies. If all is well, gradually increase the dose.
Of course, if you grind the whole watermelon in a day, it is unlikely that it will end in something good, but a little bit is possible.
If the baby has colic, you should wait a little and do not eat a lot of watermelon. No more than 1–2 slices per day, or even less, because watermelon can cause bloating if consumed in large quantities.
Up to two months
If the child is less than two or three months old, it is worth giving up watermelon altogether, because it can still cause an allergic reaction in a very weak and young organism.
Do you like watermelons? Do you have any favorite watermelon recipes? Share in the comments!