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Drinking water is an important way to keep your body hydrated.

Watermelon is refreshing as it is about 92 percent water. It also a good source fibre and has significant levels of Vitamins A, B6 and C. It also has a lot of lycopene (a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits including sunlight protection, improved heart health and lower risk of certain types of cancer).

As far as fruits go, watermelon is one of the lowest in calories — only 46 calories per cup (154 grams). That's lower than even low-sugar fruits such as berries (2).

One cup (154 grams) of watermelon has many other nutrients as well, including these vitamins and minerals:

Actually, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. It also has other beneficial nutrients such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. Quite a long list, right?

So how do you choose the best watermelon? That can be tricky but always go for one that doesn’t have bruises, cuts or dents. Heavier is better, it should not be shiny and should not have a full sound when you hit it. Look for a yellow circle which shows it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun (and not in storage because it was picked too soon). Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide.

Lifestyle factors, including diet, may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

If all else fails, you can simply ask the vendor to cut a small piece so that you can taste it.

Benefits of Watermelon to your health


Drinking water is an important way to keep your body hydrated.

Watermelon is refreshing as it is about 92 percent water. It also a good source fibre and has significant levels of Vitamins A, B6 and C. It also has a lot of lycopene (a powerful antioxidant with many health benefits including sunlight protection, improved heart health and lower risk of certain types of cancer).

As far as fruits go, watermelon is one of the lowest in calories — only 46 calories per cup (154 grams). That's lower than even low-sugar fruits such as berries (2).

One cup (154 grams) of watermelon has many other nutrients as well, including these vitamins and minerals:

Actually, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board, watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. It also has other beneficial nutrients such as thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. Quite a long list, right?

So how do you choose the best watermelon? That can be tricky but always go for one that doesn’t have bruises, cuts or dents. Heavier is better, it should not be shiny and should not have a full sound when you hit it. Look for a yellow circle which shows it sat on the ground and ripened in the sun (and not in storage because it was picked too soon). Heart disease is the number one cause of death worldwide.

Lifestyle factors, including diet, may lower your risk of heart attack and stroke by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels.

If all else fails, you can simply ask the vendor to cut a small piece so that you can taste it.

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