August 3

Celebrating The Watermelon

By Meghan Chasek, Administrator at Heritage Woods of Moline

Today [August 3, 2011], we celebrate National Watermelon Day!

It certainly is fitting since no summer gathering is complete without it.

In addition to being a tasty treat, watermelons are a good source of Vitamins A and Vitamins C and contain lycopene, fiber and potassium. Watermelons also are more than 90% water, so eating watermelon can help you stay hydrated on hot days.

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Here are some other Facts about Watermelons:

  • Not only do watermelons quench your thirst, they also can quench inflammation that contributes to conditions such as asthma, atherosclerosis, diabetes, colon cancer and arthritis.
  • More than 1,200 varieties of watermelon are grown worldwide.
  • Watermelon is an ideal health food because it doesn’t contain any fat or cholesterol, is high in fiber, and is a good source of potassium.
  • Pink watermelon also is a source of the potent carotenoid antioxidant, lycopene. This powerful antioxidant travels through the body, neutralizing free radicals.
  • Watermelon is a vegetable. It is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.
  • Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.
  • Watermelons are grown in more than 96 countries worldwide.
  • In China and Japan, watermelon is a popular gift to bring a host.
  • In Israel and Egypt, the sweet taste of watermelon is often paired with the salty taste of feta cheese.
  • Every part of a watermelon is edible, even the seeds and the rind.

Of course, we are celebrating National Watermelon Day at Heritage Woods of Moline affordable assisted living community. Watermelon balls are one of the vegetable selections at dinner.

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1 Comment

  • Great article on watermelons. I had no idea they had so many vitamins.

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