According to the Canadian Nutrient File, a 2-cup (500 mL) serving has just 80 calories and 0 fat!
Did you know that watermelon is hydrating and full of antioxidants? Watermelons are made of 92% water – hence the name. Eating a generous slice of watermelon is similar to drinking a glass of water.
Due to their red hue, watermelons are a lycopene leader in produce (18.16 mg per 300 g)! Lycopene is reported to be an important antioxidant that protects cells from oxygen-related damage that can result from regular cell functions.
Watermelon is an excellent source of an amino acid called citrulline, which helps to maintain blood flow within the heart. Watermelon contains 672 mg citrulline per daily recommended serving and is the primary source of citrulline in fruits and vegetables. Increased consumption of citrulline can help maintain cardiovascular function. The body uses citrulline to make arginine, which plays a key role in cell division, wound healing and the removal of ammonia. Watermelon’s citrulline is abundant and readily absorbed by the body.
Watermelons are chock full of vitamins and minerals too! Based on a 2-cup (500 mL) serving, watermelon provides:
- 30% of vitamin A
- 25% of vitamin C
- 8% of potassium