Sweet, delicious watermelon is fast becoming a superfood. Rich in lycopene, watermelon beats tomatoes by roughly 40% more of the nutrient, and what makes this source of lycopene even sweeter, is that watermelon is usually consumed virtually unprocessed and eaten raw, where as tomatoes are very often not.
What is so great about lycopene?
Lycopenes may help prevent cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer and osteoporosis. Lycopene has even been found to have an inhibitory effect on cataract development and some rare cancer cells. Lycopene is an anti-oxidant- and high concentrations of lycopene are said to reduce the risk of prostate cancer, increase sperm count and improve fertility in men. In women the risks of cervical cancer are reported to decrease when regularly consuming lycopene red vegetables, fruit or supplements. (source:lycopenebenefits.com)
I’m in! Where is the best place to find watermelon? What do I look for when choosing a delicious one?
Well, now that it is the summertime, check out your local, Long Island Farmers Markets! Organic is the best, but according to EWG (environmental working group), watermelon is one of those fruits (really a vegetable!) that may be eaten conventially.
Watermelons are very often on sale and sold pre-cut in wedges ($.59/lb at Stop & Shop). Find them at Fairway Market in Plainview or at your favorite, local Long Island grocery and specialty stores.
What are some of the ways to eat watermelon?
- On its own, cut in wedges or chunks always brings around the crowd.
- Fruit salad
- Watermelon cocktails
- Grilled watermelon is delicious. 5 minute Recipe: Cut 1-2″ wedges, brush with a bit of good olive oil, and sprinkle with salt. Grill 1 minute per side. Top with a good squeeze of lime, crumbled feta and fresh mint. Fantastic!
What’s your favorite way of eating watermelon? Comment and let us know!
I’m concerned about sugar. How much sugar is in watemelon?
Watermelon has 10 g. of sugar per cup. For comparisons to other fruits check out our article on popular fruits and their nutritional benefits.
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