Nothing beats fresh this fruit in the summer, and science shows watermelon’s health benefits. Watermelon is refreshing, makes a great piece of workout equipment if you lift it overhead, and has many nutritional benefits, according to Watermelon.org.
The six nutritional benefits below come from the flesh of the fruit, but the seeds and rind are also edible. Most often, the rind is marinated in vinegar and used in a relish or like a pickle.
The black or smaller white seeds (or specially sprouted watermelon seeds) are completely edible and full of protein, iron, and heart-healthy fats. You will not grow a melon in your stomach as your mother might have warned. Probably.
1. Watermelon Keeps You Hydrated
Watermelon is 92 percent, making it an efficient snack to replenish fluids lost through sweat. Basically, it’s a beverage you can chew.
2. Watermelon Fuels You Fast
The natural sugars in watermelon are quickly converted into blood glucose to give your brain and body that boost of energy you need to achieve peak performance. A 2-cup serving has about 21 grams of total carbohydrates, 17 of them from natural sugars.
3. Watermelon Helps the Body Metabolize Protein
The vitamin B6 in watermelon helps the body process protein. An excellent complement to protein intake after an HIIT workout. The more protein you consume, the more B6 you’ll need to convert it into muscle food. A 2-cup serving of watermelon has approximately 5 percent of the daily recommended value of vitamin B6.
4. Watermelon Prevents Cramping
Two cups of watermelon provide about 8 percent of the daily recommended value of potassium, an electrolyte that helps to maintain the body’s water balance and prevent muscle cramps. Chase it with a banana for even more potassium.
5. Watermelon Is a Sensible Snack
As a low-calorie, naturally sweet treat, watermelon can help an athlete achieve or maintain goal race weight. A 2-cup serving has just 80 to 90 calories and is also cholesterol- and fat-free.
6. Watermelon Fights Muscle Fatigue
Researchers are studying how the amino acid L-citrulline in watermelon may reduce muscle soreness and delayed-onset muscle fatigue. This is another reason why drinking watermelon juice before and after workouts has become so popular in the past few years.