It’s almost a required rite of passage in the south – eating
ice cold watermelon on a hot summer day. Let’s face it, watermelon
just tastes awesome. Think about it. Do you actually know anyone who doesn’t
like it? Didn’t think so.
The good thing is that you can get the kids to eat it until the vines are
growing out of their ears while you’re secretly thinking, ‘that
is so good for them!’ We just don’t really care about the
health benefits so much because it tastes so good. But watermelon is good
for your kids and you too! Here’s what one cup of watermelon offers: 17% of
vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of
calcium needs for the day. It contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6,
folate, magnesium, potassium, and lycopene – all really good for
Watermelon, along with other fruit and vegetables, help reduce the risk
of lifestyle-related diseases like obesity, diabetes, and heart conditions.
They give us a healthy complexion and hair, help lower our weight, and
increase our energy. If you are filling up on fruit and vegetables during
meals and snacks, there’s little room left for the cookies and cake.
And, FYI, because watermelon is loaded with water and fiber, it helps
keep your digestive tract healthy and things moving the way they should.
That juicy, water-filled slice of melon is also a great hydrating food
during these hot months when heat stroke, brought on by dehydration, is a risk.
Eating watermelon and all of the other colorful, delicious bounty Mother
Earth offers is simply good for you. To learn more about planning and
sustaining a healthier diet, call our free health information line at
850-864-0213 for details on nutrition classes and counseling at Fort Walton
Beach Medical Center. Then, go have a slice!