Watermelon Benefits & Uses, According to a Dietitian | You Versus Food

Watermelon Benefits & Uses, According to a Dietitian | You Versus Food

August 7, 2019 1 By William Morgan


– Why you so melancholy?
Did they run out of watermelons
at the grocery store?
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Hi.
I’m Tracy Lockwood Beckerman.
I’m a registered dietitian
in New York City.
And it’s my job to help you
figure out what to eat and why.
On today’s episode,
we’re talking about one
of my favorite summer
fruits, the watermelon.
To know when it’s ready, it
should sound really hollow
and it should be slightly soft on top.
Besides being a delicious
refreshing fruit, watermelons
also have some serious
health benefits, DIY uses
and are great in some unexpected recipes.
Keep watching to see why I
think they’re one in a melon.
She’s a beauty.
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Two cups of watermelon,
the standard serving
size can get you a lot.
Watermelon has fiber
which helps with bloating
and potassium which is found
inside every single cell
in your body and is
necessary for water balance.
That means hydration baby.
Watermelon shadily contains iron
which helps to keep energy
high so you can stay up
to capture those breathtaking
sunsets from the beach
on your IG stories.
A serving of watermelon has
more than double the amount
of vitamin C than high
vitamin C fruits like citrus.
So pesky summer colds have
no chance against watermelon.
Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant
with so many health perks,
is basically spewing out of watermelon,
making watermelon a lycopene leader.
It contains higher levels of lycopene
than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
Plus if your feeling le tired,
watermelon is an awesome pick-me-up due to
its carb content.
And I can’t forget to share
that watermelon contains 92% water, duh.
So it is ideal to quench your thirst.
But don’t forget, drink actual water too.
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Although we need more
research on the benefits
of watermelon for humans,
some studies suggest
that thanks to the high content
of bioavailable lycopene,
consuming a moderate amount of watermelon
may reduce the risk for
developing cardiovascular disease,
diabetes and can even
help to lower cholesterol
and blood pressure.
What a melon!
In more promising research, a
2015 study conducted on rats,
determined that the rats eating watermelon
versus the controlled group
developed lower levels
of C-reactive protein, which
is a marker for inflammation,
as well as comparatively
less oxidative stress.
As we know from every trendy
anti-inflammatory smoothie
recipe on the ‘gram.
Lowering inflammation and oxidative stress
are key to overall health
and fighting disease.
For more day-to-day use,
watermelon is being studied
as a post exercise beverage
to reduce muscle soreness.
One,
two.
Watermelon obviously has
a ton of health bennies
but here are just a few
caveats to keep in mind.
Although very rare,
eating a large quantity of watermelon
can cause water intoxication
or overhydration,
thanks to the high levels
of water in watermelon.
So make sure you don’t over do it.
No, no, no (laughs).
Also look out for tummy trouble.
Due to it’s high lycopene
and vitamin C content,
eating too much watermelon
can result in diarrhea,
indigestion and bloating.
Otherwise with the correct serving size,
watermelon is Tracy approved.
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Here are ways to use
up all that watermelon
besides just eating it
by the slice or cube.
For the perfect sweet and salty snack
that will satisfy any summer craving,
add feta cheese to a
bowl of sliced watermelon
with a sprinkle of seasoning
and a few torn pieces of mint
to keep you freshy fresh.
Watermelon cocktails can be refreshing.
Just add some hydrating
watermelon juice to
your alcoholic drink of choice.
Why can’t you hydrate to dehydrate?
Talk about efficiency.
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Whether your sipping or eating
your watermelon this summer,
you can know your adding
some serious health benefits
to your diet.
Look at all the uniform stripes,
that means you’ve picked a good one.
It’s a great and delicious
way to stay hydrated
from the inside out.
So water you waiting for?
As your planning your end
of summer parties, barbecues
and beach trips, consider
adding watermelons to the menu.
You and your health won’t be disappointed.
See you next time for another
episode of You vs Food.
Water you waiting for?
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for some more episodes of You vs Food.
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Hey you!
Your one in a melon.
Get it?
Melon, million.