Is watermelon your favourite summer fruit?

Watermelon is one of the best gifts from nature during the summer season. It is delicious, full of water, refreshing, and filled with awesome sweet juice!

1. Hydrates:

Watermelons are ideal to ward off heat strokes (nobody wants that!). The high amounts of water and electrolytes in watermelons keep you hydrated and naturally cool your body on hot South African summer days.

2. Watermelon is packed with nutrition:

Watermelons are packed with yumminess and vitamins and micronutrients.  Netmeds research says; every single bite of it has substantial levels of Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C, as well as the minerals calcium, magnesium, and large amounts of potassium.

3. Helps keep skin glowing:

This summer fruit can boost your skin too, what better to compliment your summer glow. “Among fresh foods, watermelon is one of the richest sources of lycopene,” says Cassetty. Lycopene is also associated with skin health. Plus, the vitamin C in watermelon helps keep skin looking younger, firmer, and fresh!

4. Satiety:

Watermelons can keep you fuller for longer. With a high water content, watermelon juice is unlike many other fruit juices. “Watermelon contains over 90% water, so if you have a half or whole watermelon ( if you are brave) that might just keep you satisfied until supper time. It is also great before braai snack, to keep your guests going until the fir is ready.

5. Can help with healthy weight management:

Researchers found that watermelons promote greater satiety than cookies and that satiety (diminished hunger, greater fullness, and a reduced desire to eat) lasted up to 90 minutes after eating. Additionally, the watermelon eaters lost weight, reduced their waist-to-hip ratios and blood pressure levels, and improved their antioxidant status and blood lipids.

Before you go, here is how to choose and store a  watermelon:

  • When choosing a ripe watermelon is to look for a yellow or cream-coloured splotch or ground spot—the fruit’s key sign of peak ripeness. It should also feel heavy when you pick it up.
  • Store your watermelon at room temperature.
  • Remember to wash the watermelon before you slice it, to prevent bacteria from entering edible fruit.

At FreshStop we’ve got the best sweet, fresh summer fruit you will find! Find a FreshStop near you, and pop by for some melon goodness!