Watermelon is a fruit that has become synonymous with summer, picnics and can be eaten by the whole family. Besides this aspect, it is rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and contains very few calories. The refreshing taste of watermelon helps us cope with the heat and can successfully represent a healthy and very tasty dessert.
The benefits of watermelon
- Reduces body fat
Citrulline, an amino acid present in watermelon, reduces fat accumulation. Citrulline is converted by metabolism to arginine. When the body absorbs citrulline, it is then converted to arginine, if necessary. Then, through a series of steps, citrulline blocks an enzyme called TNAP, making it harder for fat cells to retain fat.
- The anti-inflammatory properties
It is rich in phenolic compounds such as flavonoids and carotenoids. Lycopene from watermelon is particularly beneficial in reducing inflammation and neutralizing free radicals. Make sure you choose a ripe one because that’s the only way you can benefit from phenolic compounds.
- Natural diuretic
This is the most popular of the many benefits that this fruit has. The fruit is a natural diuretic that helps increase urine flow but does not put pressure on the kidneys, unlike alcohol and coffee. Watermelon relieves pressure on the kidneys when excess fluid is removed.
- Cardiovascular and bone health
Lycopene from watermelon is especially important for cardiovascular health and seems to be an important factor in promoting bone health. Its consumption improves blood flow through vasodilation. Lycopene protects you from oxidative stress, which reduces the activity of osteoblasts and osteoclasts, which means stronger bones for those who eat foods rich in lycopene. It is rich in potassium which helps the body retain calcium in the body.
Watermelon contains 92% water, and on hot summer days, it helps prevent dehydration. Let’s not forget that it also contains vitamin A, which regulates the production of sebum and keeps the skin hydrated.
Asthma and cancer prevention
The risk of developing asthma decreases with the consumption of foods rich in nutrients, but especially in vitamin C, found in high concentrations in watermelon. Moreover, the generous intake of antioxidants (lycopene, beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and cryptoxanthin) combats the formation of free radicals that can cause various forms of cancer. Lycopene supplementation has been associated with a decreased risk of prostate cancer in several specialized studies.
Improving skin health
Watermelon contains a lot of vitamin A, a nutrient necessary for the proper production of sebum, which ensures optimal hydration of the skin. In addition, this vitamin is essential for the growth of all body tissues, including skin tissue and hair.
Adequate intake of vitamin C, provided by watermelon in large quantities, is necessary for the production of collagen, essential for the structure of hair and skin. The strong moisturizing effect of this fruit has direct benefits on skin tissue.
Tasty watermelon recipes
- 6 cups cubed seedless watermelon
- 50 fresh mint leaves
- 5 limes, juiced
- 1 cup white rum
- ⅔ cup simple syrup
- 2 cups ice cubes, or as needed
- 1 cup club soda, or as needed
Place cubed watermelon in a blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a bowl through a mesh strainer to remove pulp. Measure out 2 cups of strained juice and set aside.
Place mint leaves in the bottom of a pitcher. Pour in 1/2 the juice; muddle mint leaves with a muddler or the bottom of a wooden spoon.
Pour remaining watermelon juice, lime juice, rum, and simple syrup into the pitcher. Fill with ice and top with club soda. Serve.
- 4 cups diced seedless watermelon
- 1 cup white sugar
- 3 tablespoons lemon juice
- 1 dash salt
- ¼ cup cold water
- 1 (.25 ounce) envelope unflavored gelatin
- 1 cup chilled heavy cream
Combine the watermelon, sugar, lemon juice, and salt in a large mixing bowl; stir to coat evenly. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and refrigerator for 30 minutes.
Blend the mixture in a blender until smooth; return to the bowl.
Pour the cold water into a saucepan. Sprinkle the gelatin over the cold water; let stand 1 minute. Place the saucepan over low heat; cook for 2 minutes. Stir the gelatin mixture into the blended mixture. Add the heavy cream; beat with an electric hand mixer at medium speed until the mixture is fluffy.
Transfer the mixture into an ice cream maker and freeze according to the manufacturer’s directions until it reaches “soft-serve” consistency. Transfer ice cream to a one- or two-quart lidded plastic container; cover surface with plastic wrap and seal. For best results, ice cream should ripen in the freezer for at least 2 hours or overnight.
Jewel’s Watermelon Margaritas
- ½ cup white sugar
- ½ cup water
- 3 strips orange zest
- 2 cups cubed seeded watermelon
- ¾ cup white tequila
- ¼ cup lime juice
- 1 pinch salt or sugar for rimming glasses
- 1 lime, cut into wedges
- 2 cups crushed ice, or as needed
Bring 1/2 cup sugar, water, and orange zest in a small saucepan to boil, stirring constantly. Simmer until sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove simple syrup from heat and allow it to cool completely.
Place watermelon in a blender or food processor. Pulse until pureed.
Stir the puree into a large pitcher with simple syrup, tequila, and lime juice.
Place a small amount of salt or sugar into a saucer. Rub the edge of margarita glasses with a lime wedge to moisten. Lightly dip the rim of the glass into the saucer to rim the glass; tap off excess salt or sugar.
Fill rimmed glasses with crushed ice; pour margarita mixture into glasses and garnish with lime wedges to serve.