Watermelon is one of the star fruits of summer. It is thirst-quenching, refreshing, low-calorie. It can provide invaluable water intake, especially for the elderly. It is distinguished from other fruits by its size, its weight sometimes reaching 5 gallons, and its water content.
Watermelon seeds, crazy: you have no idea what happens to your body if you ingest them!
The right way to eat watermelon
Watermelon is an excellent source of antioxidant vitamins such as A and C, B vitamins, and minerals, especially potassium, magnesium, and phosphorus. Not only that, it also has detoxifying: and depurative qualities. It is clear that the depurative activity of watermelon is closely related to its diuretic activity: by stimulating diuresis, it thereby promotes the elimination of all excess waste.
The amount of minerals and vitamins in a slice of watermelon is a useful natural remedy against fatigue and physical and mental exhaustion, which are not uncommon when the heatwave strikes (as it does these days).
Rich in potassium, watermelon is also recommended for people who complain of disorders related to alterations in osmotic pressure, water retention, neuromuscular excitability, and mild alterations in heart rhythm.
When you eat watermelon, you better not throw away the seeds!
As we know, watermelon is one of the freshest and most delicious fruits. Many of us, however, have little patience with the seeds, which we spit out without much thought. Wrong!
Why is that? Because, as is also the case with sunflower seeds or pumpkin seeds, the main component of watermelon seeds is fiber. By taking watermelon seeds, a person can increase his or her share of plant protein and good fats, as, for example, the International Journal of Agronomy and Agricultural Research recommends.
Thanks to plant protein, among other things, it is possible to maintain muscle mass and take in healthy fats that possess the ability to regulate blood cholesterol.
Watermelon seeds are also an important source of minerals, such as magnesium, which is ideal for athletes since it prevents muscle contractures. But they also contain zinc, which contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system.
Even with all these good qualities, however, it is clear that watermelon seeds are difficult to digest, and therefore one should limit consumption to a small handful per week. Alternatively, one can choose to store them throughout the year by oven-drying them, which also makes them more digestible.
Oven-dried, watermelon seeds are a great addition to any salad, on a par with sunflower and pumpkin seeds.