Watermelon: why it is so popular, the benefits and who should not eat it

“When you try it, you understand what angels eat,” Mark Twain said about watermelons.

  • What do you need to know?
  • In what cases should you refrain from watermelon?

What is a watermelon? One camp of botanists considers it the largest berry, while another defines it as a member of the gourd family. Watermelon has many health benefits.

HappyDerm medical center doctor Lyudmila Artyushkevich spoke in detail about the benefits of watermelon, its main properties and contraindications.

What do you need to know?

Watermelon is made up of 90% water. In its pulp there are practically no proteins and fats, but quickly digested carbohydrates are abundantly presented. This fruit perfectly quenches thirst on a hot day without harming the figure. They say that a piece of watermelon can quench your thirst along with two glasses of water.

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Vitamins in watermelon are contained in a small amount, however, the richness of minerals compensates for this. The high content of magnesium contributes to the normal absorption of calcium, sodium and potassium, which has a beneficial effect on the cardiovascular and skeletal systems.

The red pulp of watermelon is high in antioxidants that fight free radicals, slow down the aging process, oppose the development of cancer, reduce the likelihood of heart disease, stabilize blood pressure, have anti-inflammatory effects and strengthen the immune system.

Watermelon contains soft dietary fiber that promotes healthy digestion and stimulates intestinal motility.

The high water content makes watermelon an excellent remedy for urinary and choleretic therapy. Watermelon juice is able to cleanse the liver and kidneys of toxins and toxins.

In what cases should you refrain from watermelon?

The best time to eat watermelon is August and September. Prior to this period, accelerated fruit ripening can be triggered by chemical additives, which will entail a risk of poisoning.

Do not forget that watermelons grow on the ground and require careful processing before use. It is undesirable to purchase damaged or cut fruits; long-term storage of cut watermelon outside the refrigerator should be avoided.

People suffering from chronic kidney disease or diabetes should consume watermelon in moderation. All this also applies to healthy people, because excessive consumption will not bring anything good.

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