Watermelon is one of the star fruits of the summer, especially when the heat gets hotter and the body needs more fluids, as it is the fruit that contains the greatest amount of water (95% of its weight), so it has a low energy content and, in general, few nutrients, although it does provide appreciable amounts of various vitamins and minerals.
Watermelons are a valuable source of antioxidants, particularly lycopene and ascorbic acid, and citrulline, and may help protect against chronic problems such as cardiovascular disease and cancer. Lycopene gives fruits and vegetables their distinctive red colour.
Watermelon provides potassium and magnesium, which protect the heart. Some studies have shown that fruits rich in potassium help prevent kidney stones.
The remaining 8% is fibre, so the combination of water and fibre makes watermelon a satiating food, with very few calories. It fills your stomach without making you fat, and it is also very tasty, the perfect food, ideal to include in slimming diets.
Watermelon is associated with summer and no wonder, it can be eaten at any time and is an ideal snack to have at any time. If we also leave it in the fridge, it will not only be delicious, but also very refreshing. When the summer season approaches, watermelon becomes a very appetising food.