This delicious fruit is packed with water, sugar, fiber and essential nutrients like vitamins A, B6 and C, antioxidants, lycopenes, amino acids, and potassium.
Its seeds are rich in protein, magnesium, vitamin B and good fats.
Remember to choose it organic, to take full advantage of its nutrients.
Here are the best reasons to devour watermelon on the first hot days.
A fruit good for heart health
Watermelon is the richest food in citrulline.
It is an amino acid, a precursor of arginine, which has the particularity of increasing the vitality of blood vessels and promoting their dilation.
Citrulline also plays a beneficial role in immunity.
Thanks to its nutrients, watermelon helps protect cells from stress-related damage and thus lowers the risk of cardiovascular disease, according to a study cited by the US site Live Science.
Other work has shown a lowering effect of high blood pressure and blood pressure in obese adults.
Its virtues are particularly important for women after menopause.
One kilo of watermelon contains about 2 mg of citrulline.
It is the varieties with orange and yellow flesh, such as Sungold, Jaroski, which contain the most citrulline.
Recognized anti-inflammatory properties
Lycopenes, which give watermelon its beautiful red color, are used to slow down the inflammatory process and neutralize the free radicals responsible for oxidizing cells.
This nutrient, along with choline, helps lower the rate of inflammation in the body and thus improves overall health and well-being.
Watermelon, ideal for hydrating with few calories
Between 20 and 30% of our daily hydration needs can go through our diet.
And fruits like watermelon play a large part in it.
In summer, a slice of watermelon hydrates us and gives us energy without weighing us down.
While watermelon is 90% water, it also contains very few calories: 38.9 kcal per 100 g (source: Ciqual nutritional table).
It is one of the 10 lowest calorie fruits.
It is therefore ideal for hydrating otherwise (we forget sodas and other sugary drinks) while keeping the figure.