Get your watermelons when it’s hot
publication date: Apr 1, 2012
Nothing beats a big slice of watermelon during a break from working in the fields. It’s a good cure for dehydration, especially if lightly salted to balance the electrolytes, and helps improve heat tolerance. Watermelon is easily digested, and adds fiber to the diet. Second only to tomatoes as a source of lycopene (said to prevent some cancers), watermelons are also an excellent source of vitamin C, beta carotene, folic acid, biotin, potassium, magnesium and citrulline (an amino acid important for healing wounds and removing toxins from the body). The seeds, if well chewed to break up the indigestible seed-coat, can provide amino acids, fatty acids, vitamin E, potassium and phosphorus. It’s good to know watermelons are nutritious, but frankly, their main claim to fame is that they are delicious, and just about everyone wants one when the weather is hot.
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