Watermelons, somewhat predictably, are 92 percent water, making them a refreshing snack. However, did you know that your favorite summer melon packs a nutritious punch? Nature soaks this fun fruit with nutrients. Each juicy bite delivers vitamins A, B6 and C, as well as lycopene, amino acids, and antioxidants. You even get some potassium. Are you on a diet or trying to lose a few pounds with thoughtful food choices? Consume this quintessential summer treat as part of a sensible diet. Watermelon is fat-free, contains very low sodium and has 40 calories per cup. So, eat as much as you want.
1. Lycopene Levels
Nutritionists have taken notice of high levels of lycopene in watermelon, 15 to 20 milligrams in a 2-cup serving. This is among the highest concentration of any fresh produce. Lycopene is classified as a phytonutrient, a naturally occurring compound found in vegetables and fruits that triggers healthy reactions in your body. This is the red pigment and gives watermelon its often-imitated color. Lycopene is linked to heart and bone health, as well as prostate cancer prevention. This powerful antioxidant may have anti-inflammatory properties.