Jul 19, 2016
I love watermelon! It’s the perfect fruit this time of year. I love it because it is refreshing, tastes great and it is low in calories.
Watermelon originated in the desert in Africa and it was also used in ancient Egypt to nourish those on their journeys in the afterlife.
It’s 90% water, and was brought to the US in 1620 by the pilgrims. It loves warm weather because of its desert origin.
Look what else watermelon does for you:
Serving Size – 1Cup (balls or cut cubes)
Calories – 46 Carbs – 11.6g Sugar- 9.5g
Omega 6 – 77.0 mg
Fiber - .6g
Vitamin A – 865IU
Vitamin C – 125mg
Folate – 5.0mcg
Choline – 6.3mg
Calcium – 11mg
Magnesium – 15.0mg
Potassium – 170mg
Fluoride – 2.3 mcg
Zinc - .2 mcg
Vit A is important for your immune function, reproduction, cellular communication…and as many of you know….your vision!
Vit A is critical for vision as a component called “Rhodopsin” a Protein that absorbs light in the nerve receptors of your Retina. Vit A also supports the normal function of your cornea, which is like a window that controls & focuses the entry of light into your eye. It covers your pupils. Vit A also supports your conjunctival membranes – The membrane that covers the white part of your eyeball (the Sclera) and lines the inner surface of the eyelids.
Folate - Is one of the B vitamins – B9. It is also called “Folic Acid.” B9 is essential for normal nerve function and brain function. B9 helps “reduce” blood levels of the amino acid “homocysteine”….High levels of homocysteine increases your risk of heart disease & stroke.
Are you thinking about becoming pregnant? Folic Acid is essential in forming the placenta and fetus.
Choline…..helps transport triglycerides from your liver and is a component of “lecithin” which is critical for liver metabolism. It also aids in the maintenance of cell membranes.
Finally….Zinc helps your body build proteins and helps enzymes perform necessary “reactions” in your body. It can help “speed up” reactions in our body and it also allows reactions to run “smoothly.” It can be “re-used” in the body, so we don’t need an abundance of it. You will find Zinc in seeds – like sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, sesame and poppy seeds. Also many beans have zinc in them also.
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