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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Health Benefits of Watermelon

Watermelon is a native of Southern Africa and is now cultivated in almost all countries with temperate or tropical climate. This has a thick and hard rind, with the fleshy center. Watermelons have high amounts of water, that makes them very refreshing, particularly in summer. They have no fats and have less amounts of calories and are one of the healthiest fruits. Read on to know more about the nutritional facts and health benefits of watermelon.

Nutritional Facts of Watermelon:

Following are the list of nutrients present in 100 grams of watermelon:


  • Energy – 30 kcal
  • Water – 91.45 grams
  • Vitamin C – 8.1 mg
  • Vitamin A – 569 IU
  • Total Folate – 3 mcg
  • Total Dietary Fiber – 0.4 grams
  • Sugars – 6.20 grams
  • Sodium – 1 mg
  • Protein – 0.61 grams
  • Potassium – 112 mg
  • Phosphorus – 11 mg
  • Magnesium – 10 mg
  • Iron – 0.24 mg
  • Fluoride – 1.5 mcg
  • Fats – 0.15 gm
  • Carbohydrates – 7.55 gm
  • Calcium – 7 mg
  • Carotenoids (Neurosporene, Lutein, Beta-Carotene, Phytoene, Phytofluene, Lycopene)

Health Benefits of Watermelon:

Following are some of the health benefits of watermelon:
  • As watermelons are rich in potassium, they help in controlling blood pressure and also reduce the risk of kidney stones.
  • It is also believed that this fruit strengthens the immune system and aids the body in combating infections.
  • Watermelon has rich sources of carotenoids, popularly known for preventing cancer.
  • Watermelons alleviate certain rheumatoid arthritis and osteoarthritis symptoms.
  • These are associated with reducing the spasms of airway that develops due to asthma.
  • It is rich in antioxidants and aids the body in neutralizing free radicals. Thereby, reduces the risk of colon cancer.
  • Beta-carotene in watermelon helps in keeping your vision sharp, particularly during nights.
  • Watermelon has very low amounts of calories and hence it is a perfect snack for people trying to reduce weight.
  • Watermelons also ease the inflammation and prevent the occurrence of diabetes.
  • Antioxidants present in watermelons reduce the risk of heart attacks.

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