Nutrition Tip of the Week: Watermelons
2LT David Ford
Summer is just around the corner. Have you been to a BBQ? Have you seen this wonderful fruit? Watermelon has everything you need to beat the scorching summer heat. Watermelon is delicious and is a great source of much-needed water and electrolytes to beat the summer temperatures.
Watermelon is also a great source for many powerful natural antioxidants. One example is Vitamin-A. Vitamin-A is great for healthy vision and maintaining healthy skin. Vitamin-A is also known to help protect against lung cancer. Here are just a few more antioxidants found in watermelon that may help prevent many different cancers; Lycopene, B-Carotene, and Lutein.
Watermelon is also a great source for Potassium. Potassium is important for the cells and helps control heart rate and our blood pressure. Potassium has been found to help protect against stroke and coronary heart diseases. Potassium may also help alleviate those dreaded muscle cramps you may get while being out in the hot summer weather.
Watermelon is also easy to serve. It can be sliced, cubed, or scooped into balls. Cubes or sections of the melon are a great addition to fruit salad or can just be eaten alone. Watermelon also tastes great as is, without any additional seasonings to experience its natural and sweet taste.