6 Watermelon Facts That Might Surprise You

  1. Watermelon has more lycopene than raw tomatoes. Lycopene is a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that gives fruits and vegetables a pink or red color. It is often associated with tomatoes, but watermelon has a more concentrated source.

Compared to a large fresh tomato, one cup of watermelon has 1.5 times the lycopene (6 mg in watermelon compared to 4 mg in a tomato).

  1. Watermelon juice may relieve muscle soreness. If you have a juicer, try juicing about one-third of fresh watermelon and drinking its juice prior to your next workout.

A study found that men who drank natural unpasteurized watermelon juice prior to their workouts had reduced muscle soreness 24 hours later, compared to those who drank a placebo.

  1. Watermelon is a fruit AND a vegetable! Watermelon is related to cucumbers, pumpkin and squash. That’s because it’s part vegetable and part fruit.
  2. You can eat watermelon rind and seeds. Most people throw away the watermelon rind. You can try putting it in a blender with some lime for a healthy, refreshing treat.

While many people prefer seedless watermelon varieties, black watermelon seeds are edible and healthy. They contain iron, zinc, protein and fiber.

  1. It’s mostly water. This might surprise you, but watermelon is more than 91% water. This means that eating watermelon on a hot summer day is a tasty way to help you stay hydrated.
  2. Some watermelons are yellow. The Yellow Crimson watermelon has yellow flesh with a sweeter, honey flavor than the more popular pink-fleshed Crimson Sweet. It’s likely that yellow watermelon offers its own unique set of nutritional benefits, but most research to date has focused on the pink-fleshed varieties.
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