Surely if you go to a grocery store or any supermarket you see you will find that they all have these two fruits so refreshing and good for the hot summer. Let’s see what we can highlight of each of them…
The watermelon is edible fruit of Cucumis citrullus, a plant native to tropical Africa that belongs to the family Cucurbitaceae, like zucchini, squash, melons and cucumbers. It is known by the common name of watermelon.
Main characteristics of watermelon
It is a fruit that is grown ripe in summer, especially between the ends of May until the end of September.
It is a low calorie fruit. A portion of 100 g provides only 16 kcal, because its pulp consists mostly of water: approximately 95% is water. It contains a minimum amount of protein and fat. As for carbohydrates most are simple sugars (fructose). In fact, its sweet taste is due to this sugar. In terms of macronutrients we could say that in 100 grams of watermelon we find:
- Carbohydrate: 3.7%;
- Protein: 0.5%;
- Fat in an insignificant amount.
Watermelon is rich in minerals, especially potassium, phosphorus and magnesium and vitamins like A, C and B6. It is also an excellent source of antioxidants and carotenoids.
Watermelon for tension and aphrodisiac
Although watermelons have a minimum amount of protein, I would like to highlight its content in coralline, an amino acid that promotes blood pressure balance . According to some research, watermelon may also have aphrodisiac properties thanks to this citrulline content.Why consume this fruit in summer? A portion of the watermelon is a good remineralizing and moisturizing. Ideal for times of warmer weather. Its potassium content promotes diuresis and helps reduce water retention. Very common when the heat squeezes, especially in the coastal area where I am where there is no day that I do not come some English with feet swollen by liquid retention …
Of course, you should avoid consuming it at night. It is also due to its diuretic effect.
The seeds of watermelon have a good laxative capacity if they are chewed. This can be good in case of constipation but can sometimes cause annoying bowel pain.
Watermelon is a fruit very useful in pregnancy for its hydration capacity, however, it is not recommended for pregnant women who suffer stomach pains or have late digestion.
Watermelon in summer
People with diabetes can consume watermelon in moderation because even though they have a simple carbohydrate and sugar content, it is much smaller than most common fruit.
To enjoy all these benefits, it is better to consume watermelon between meals but not with food. The abundant amounts of water could dilute the digestive juices excessively and cause a slowing down of digestion.
If you like watermelon I leave you a recipe that I personally love: Watermelon sorbet
Ingredients for 4 people:
- 1 kg of watermelon pulp;
- 100 ml of lemon juice;
- 80 g brown sugar;
- 200 ml of water.
Boil the water and dissolve the sugar. Then let it cool. Puree the watermelon pulp and add the lemon juice and syrup (water with sugar) that you have cooled.
Pour the contents into a bowl that you will put in the freezer and let it freeze for about 6-10 hours.
Before serving leave it for an hour outside the freezer mix it well and you are ready!
Properties of melon
The melon is the fruit of a climbing plant whose botanical name is Cucimis Melo, a cucurbitaceae. You can see all the properties and contraindications in the article Melones: properties, benefits and contraindications.
This fruit that is also of choice in summer can be consumed as a piece of fresh fruit or in jams. The melon compote is delicious, especially when combined with certain types of cheese.
In our country we usually accompany the melon with a little ham and each time is added more to the salads.
The main producers of melon are China, Turkey and the United States, while in Europe the record of this crop is taken by Spain.
Melon is also a low calorie fruit. A 100 g serving provides only 34 kcal. For this reason it is highly appreciated by those who follow a low calorie diet for the purpose of weight loss.
The pulp is rich in water since 90% of the weight of the melon is water. This characteristic and its high potassium content (300mg per 100 g of food), make the melon a refreshing fruit with diuretic and depurative action .
Melon for the skin
It also provides moderate amounts of vitamins, especially A, C, PP, B1 and B2. In fact, by its amount in vitamin C and A the melon is considered an ideal antioxidant fruit in summer. It also stimulates the production of melanin that helps protect the skin. The orange melons that we can find especially in Italy (but that we could also find in Spain), are especially rich in beta-carotene.
Melon is also considered a source of natural mineralization. Thanks to the mineral content of iron, phosphorus, sodium, calcium and potassium, it helps keep blood pressure under control and restores water supplies that are lost through sweat.
Melon is not suitable for diabetic patients, as their pulp is abundant in simple sugars.
It can also be difficult to digest and is not recommended in people with slow digestion. As for pregnancy occurs as with watermelon, it is good to eat because it provides minerals and vitamins to the mother and the baby but not in case the mother undergoes difficult digestions.