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Watermelon is 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.

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1. Lycopene Levels

Nutritionists have noticed high levels of lycopene in watermelon, 15 to 20 milligrams in a serving. This is among the highest concentration of any fresh produce. Lycopene is a phytonutrient. This is a naturally occurring compound found in vegetables and fruits. This is the red pigment that gives watermelon its color. Lycopene is linked to heart and bone health, as well as prostate cancer prevention. This powerful antioxidant may have anti-inflammatory properties.

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