Watermelon is an ideal fruit to beat the heat
During the holy month of Ramadan, drinking a lot of water in short periods becomes a challenge. Not consuming enough fluids can leave you dehydrated. So the best way to overcome your water shortage in the holy month is to include watermelon during sehr and iftar which will keep you hydrated and save you from bursting of energy.
Super duper hydrator
Watermelon has high water content i.e. 92 per cent and is filled with essential rehydration salts like magnesium, calcium, sodium and potassium which actually hydrates you more effectively than water. Do you know that the side effects of dehydration are actually very serious and can cause headaches, poor concentration, fatigue and mood swings? Of course, you want to stay away from all these symptoms during Ramadan. So do include watermelon in your sehr and iftar. If you do not feel like having fruit, you can go for fresh watermelon juice.
Low in calories
As far as fruits go, watermelon is one of the lowest in calories – just 46 calories per cup which is less than fruits like berries, less-sugar ‘fruits’. And the best part is that due to its high water content, fruit intake helps you feel full. Watermelon is fat free. Many people worry about the amount of sugar in the watermelon, but this is a misconception, because the sugar content is actually very low. While a cup of dried watermelon contains about nine grams of sugar, a medium banana contains 14 to 15 grams of sugar, as does a cup of blueberries. Don’t want to put on a few extra pounds this fast season? Include this figure-friendly fruit in your Ramadan menu to stay fit and healthy.
Rich in nutrients
Watermelon contains vitamins A and C, B vitamins, potassium and citraline, an important amino acid. Just a small wedge of watermelon gives you one third of the daily recommended dose of vitamin C and vitamin A. Both have really important antioxidants that fight cancer. Watermelon is also high in carotenoids, including beta-carotene, and most importantly, it is packed with lycopene, the antioxidant pigment that gives the fruit its dark red color. Just one cup of watermelon contains 50 percent more lycopene than a large fresh tomato. Lycopene from melon is a super antioxidant that protects all your cells from free radical damage and protects your immune system and is easily absorbed into the body.
Both lycopene and beta-carotene can help protect your skin from sunburn. According to a research, lycopene acts as a sunscreen from within. Women who consumed at least 16 mg of lycopene a day for 12 weeks showed a reduction in the harmful effects of UVA and UVB rays, including sunburn and cellular damage. This is equivalent to about two cups of dried watermelon. So what you can do is consume 1 cup in Sehar and each other in Iftar during fasting. Remember, eating lycopene-rich foods does not mean you can leave sunscreen out when it is out in the sun, but it does boost your safety!
Watermelon is a heart-healthy food. Some studies suggest that lycopene may have cardiovascular benefits, including reducing the risk of stroke. In addition, it improves blood circulation and eases angina. Since it is full of potassium, high blood pressure is reduced by regularly consuming fruits. Watermelon is rich in antioxidant vitamin C, which protects and repairs vein, artery and heart tissues and aids in reducing dietary cholesterol levels. One study showed that watermelon is especially beneficial for women with high blood pressure after menopause.
Good for eyes
The high content of lycopene found in melon helps protect the eyes from oxidative damage and inflammation. It can also help prevent age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a common eye problem that can cause blindness in older adults. Lycopene’s role as an antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compound may help prevent age-related macular degeneration from developing and worsening.
Watermelon contains a lot of water and a small amount of fiber – both of which are important for healthy digestion. Water helps in moving your digestive system efficiently. Eating water-rich fruits such as watermelon can be of great help to promote normal bowel movements.