August 3rd is National Watermelon Day and I have partnered up with Whole Foods Market to bring you some fun and interesting facts and information on WATERMELON!
HAPPY NATIONAL WATERMELON DAY
The official Whole Foods Market Watermelon Sale kicks off on
August 2nd and ends on August 8th.
All conventional seedless watermelons are only $2.99!
- Watermelon is 92% water (which is why it is so refreshing).
- Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern Africa.
- Botanists refer to this plant as pepo (a berry) which has a thick rind and a fleshy center.
- The fruit was first cultivated for its ability to hold plenty of water in desert areas.
- Watermelon and its seeds were depicted in ancient art found in tombs of pharaohs. This was evidence of watermelon's unique value.
- Watermelons are very rich in Lycopene. Lycopene gives it that beautiful red color.
- Lycopene is a phytonutrient that triggers healthy reactions in the human body and produces better bone health.
- Watermelon is very alkaline (which is wonderful for our bodies), it is full of Vitamins A & C and it has plenty of antioxidants that aid in cardiovascular health and help prevent cancer.
- Watermelon flesh contains about 250 milligrams of Citrulline per cup.
- Citrulline reduces the accumulation of fat in our fat cells (so it overall reduces body fat).
- Citrulline is an amino acid that is most notable for being converted into Arginine by the kidneys.
- The conversion to Arginine improves blood flow and cardiovascular health.
- It is very important to allow your watermelon to ripen so that you get the most nutritional benefits from the fruit.
- Watermelon is a natural diuretic that helps increase the flow of urine without any strain on the kidneys (unlike alcohol and caffeine).