In the hot summertime, melons and watermelons appear on the tables. These juicy fruits with their soft sweetness and juiciness are able to cool and refresh in a hot minute. But when it comes to choosing between these two melons and watermelons, a lot of questions start to arise.
- Similarities and differences
- How to use correctly?
- How to apply?
- Combination with other foods
HappyDerm Medical Center doctor Lyudmila Artyushkevich named several main differences and highlighted important facts that are important to know.
People are divided into three types:
- love watermelons;
- prefer melons;
- can’t decide.
To understand what is really healthier and tastier, you need to make comparisons, taking into account important parameters.
Similarities and differences
Melon and watermelon are about 90% water (watermelon contains slightly more water than melon). Both fruits are low in calories.
Both melon and watermelon are rich in vitamins, minerals, amino acids and fiber. A melon contains two and a half times more fiber than a watermelon.
Watermelon contains a valuable antioxidant – lycopene, while melon contains about four times more vitamin C.
How to use correctly?
Moderation should be observed. The optimal amount for consumption at a time is no more than 200 g. Exceeding this norm can cause unpleasant consequences: watermelon has a diuretic effect, and melon can cause a laxative effect.
How to apply?
Rinse the melon or watermelon thoroughly beforehand. After cutting, store them in the refrigerator for no more than a day.
Combination with other foods
Avoid combining melon or watermelon with:
- sour vegetables and fruits;
- pickled products;
- salted cheese;
- kvass and beer.
If the digestive system is in order, you can make exceptions to the rules. For example, gourmets can make a salad with watermelon and feta cheese, a smoothie of melon and grapefruit, or a combination of melon and jamon.
The best way to enjoy watermelon or melon is by adding them to your diet as a snack. Both fruits are quickly digested: watermelon in 20 minutes, melon in 30 minutes.