Five Surprising Facts of a Watermelon

| June 11, 2019 | 10 Comments

Five surprising facts of a watermelon

You probably have seen that big oval-shaped watermelon sitting graciously on the shelves of your local grocery store or on sale in a grocery store flyer while surfing the internet. Maybe, you are even not aware of the surprising health benefits of watermelon. Health experts have singled out the watermelon as a valuable fruit that should be on the dining table of every household. You will find below Five surprising facts of a watermelon!

Five surprising facts of a watermelon
Watermelon slices

1. The watermelon has more Lycopene than raw tomatoes

Raw tomatoes have been a natural fruit in our menu due to the high amount of Lycopene. Scientists describe Lycopene as a powerful carotenoid antioxidant that is responsible for the pink or red color in fruits and vegetables. Surprisingly, watermelons have been identified as having a higher concentration of the antioxidant than a raw tomato. While a sizeable fresh tomato has 4 mg of Lycopene, one cup of watermelon 1.5 more times of Lycopene concentration than the raw tomato.

2. Watermelon juice is an excellent reliever of muscle soreness

If you are fond of taking natural juice, try juicing around a third of fresh watermelon and drink it before the next work out. A glass of watermelon juice is believed to contain an estimated two grams of l-citrulline, an amino acid that normally protects one from muscle pain. A case study indicated that men who reported taking fresh watermelon juice before work out sessions experienced a reduction of muscle soreness 30 hours later compared to those who took a placebo.

Notably, one needs not to be wary of taking large amounts of watermelon juice since it contains a significant amount of fructose. It is probably better to eat the whole fruit in one seating rather than eat small pieces and throw away the rest after some time due to its delicate nature regarding freshness.

Five surprising facts of a watermelon
Watermelon in a shape of a heart.

3. Watermelon is both a fruit and a vegetable

As a rare case, the watermelon is partly a fruit and slightly a vegetable. While it is related to the pumpkin, cucumbers, and squash, it is also sweet and seed producing plant.

4. Watermelon Rind and Seeds are edible

Most people throw away the watermelon’s rind and eat the fleshy inner part only. However, scientists believe that the watermelon rind contains more health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll and a high concentration of amino acid citrulline than the pink flesh. The amino acid citrulline is converted to arginine in the kidneys, and it promotes the health of the heart. Also, the amino acid maintains the body’s immune system.

Moreover, most people prefer seedless watermelons to the black watermelon that has seeds. However, watermelon seeds are edible and very healthy since they contain zinc, iron, fiber, and protein. Next time you buy a watermelon, slice it into pieces, and blend or juice everything.

Five Surprising Facts of a Watermelon
Five Surprising Facts of a Watermelon

5. Watermelon contains a large amount of water

Believe it or not, 91% of the watermelon is water. It means that eating watermelon during hot summers is a healthy and tasty way of keeping your body well hydrated. However, note that it can never be a substitute for water as a hydrant, but it complements water well.

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Lyne is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She loves all things Disney and is an avid chocoholic. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the City of Ottawa Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. JoKing says:

    I had no idea you could eat the rind!

  2. Erin N says:

    Neat! I had no idea about the first 3 watermelon facts.. Watermelon is such a summer fruit. I can’t wait to eat one!

  3. micheline says:

    Thank you for the tips, I did hear about juicing the complete watermelon but have not tried yet. Just finished slicing up a watermelon for a fruit salad, may figure out something to di with the rind.

  4. Shirley P says:

    Thank you water melon is so tasty and very healthy

  5. Lynda Cook says:

    I love watermelon and I have heard that pickled watermelon rind is awesome! not to sure about the seeds though lol

  6. Emily says:

    I actually did not know that Watermelon is both fruit and vegetable.

  7. twinglemommy says:

    I didn’t know that watermelon could be considered a vegetable. Interesting. I craved watermelon during both of my pregnancies. I just couldn’t get enough!

  8. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    I think all the points here really surprised me, I didn’t know any of them. I can’t imagine eating the rind and the seeds but in a smoothy perhaps they’d go unnoticed.

  9. Calvin says:

    great source of water.. I didn’t know that the watermelon had so many benefits. Also rare to see the ones with seeds now

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