It’s no secret that summertime brings the watermelon fanatics out of the woodwork. But, did you know that this delicious fruit can taste great and help you lose weight? This sweet, succulent, summer fruit packs a powerful “fat burner” punch and adds flavor to your summer recipes!
According to Dr. Mehmet Oz, Daytime Emmy Award-winning host of The Dr. Oz Show and Vice-Chair and Professor of Surgery at Columbia University, ” Eating watermelon, on any weight loss plan, is a great idea, because it replaces part of the volume of your food with water, which contains no calories and yet makes you feel full.”
The health benefits of watermelon are really great. No matter how it’s sliced. It’s packed with some of the most important antioxidants found in nature.
5 Top Health Benefits of Watermelon
- Watermelon is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A, particularly through its concentration of beta-carotene.
- Watermelon is also a source of the potent carotene antioxidant, lycopene. Lycopene moves throughout the body neutralizing free radicals. Free radicals are substances, in the body, that cause much damage to us. They are able to oxidize cholesterol, making it stick to blood vessel walls and thicken them, which can lead to heart attack or stroke. The lycopene, which gives fruits the attractive red color that we find in watermelon,can help reduce the risks of prostate cancer.
- Watermelon is a fruit that is rich in electrolytes sodium and potassium that we lose through our perspiration.
- Watermelon is rich in the B vitamins necessary for energy production. Food experts recommend watermelon as a very good source of vitamin B6 and a good source of vitamin B1 and magnesium. Because of its higher water content, approximately ninety percent and calorie value it is ranked more valuable than other fruits.
- Watermelon is a good source of thiamin, potassium and magnesium which protect our body from so many diseases.
New to the Las Vegas Valley, is the Fresh 52 Farmer’s & Artisan Market located in the new Tivoli Village in Summerlin. This farmer’s market opens each Saturday from 8am-1pm and features vendors with organic, pesticide-free, seasonal produce, fresh baked goods, gourmet olive oils, fresh herbs and spices. Its lively, sustainable open-air market is quickly becoming known for its live chef demonstrations and tastings.
So, when the heat of summer tires us with thirst, eating watermelon is a safe alternative to taking energy drinks. Nothing can be more satisfactory on a hot, dusty day than a crisp, juicy slice of watermelon!
Orzo Pasta with Watermelon and Feta:
Makes 6 servings
1 cup uncooked orzo
2 cup watermelon, seedless, diced
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese, French, Hungarian or Greek varieties
1 Tbsp olive oil, extra virgin
1/2 cup basil, fresh, thinly sliced
1/8 tsp black pepper, freshly ground, or to taste
1 tsp table salt, or to taste
Bring a large saucepan of salted water to a boil. Stir in orzo and return to a boil; cook until done, about 8 to 10 minutes. Drain orzo and rinse under cold water; allow to drain completely.
Once orzo is cool, toss with remaining ingredients in a medium serving bowl. Yields about 3/4 cup per serving.
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