Is Watermelon Fattening?
Let’s put your mind to rest at once; watermelons are not fattening!
Watermelon is a fruit rich in water content (90% water). It is highly beneficial for health. It helps increase the water content in our body; it contains necessary minerals like potassium and is a great source of vitamin C and vitamin A.
Most large watermelons are close to 15 inches in length and usually around 6-7 inches in diameter and can feed a family of four quite easily because it contains close to 1300 calories. Of course these large fruits would weigh anywhere close to 8-9 pounds (approx 4 kgs) and a single person may take three or four days to finish it up.
A good sized wedge of a large fruit of watermelon would be close 100 calories. So if you are calorie counting dieter, you might think that’s a lot of calories – but I am firm in my insight that it’s not possible for people to get fat eating fruits, or raw vegetables for that matter.
In fact, there are few scientific reasons why a watermelon is not fattening but can actually reduce your fat. Here they are:
- Watermelons are choke full of Vitamin C. This vitamin is used by the body to metabolize/burn fat.
- Watermelons contain easily digestible sugars and when eaten first thing in the morning can provide efficient fuel to the body to help in the process of detoxification (excretion of wastes from the cells), which directly results in weight reduction.
- Watermelon has higher water content and hence has lower calories per cube compared to other fruits, so it provides more minerals per calorie.
Since close to 93% of this fruit is made up of water, it ensures that you feel full with the first few wedges and thus don’t overeat it.
Watermelons are whole foods that are rich in minerals that help digest and assimilate the sugars without tasking the body the way processed foods, made from refined sugars, do. Eating fruits on empty stomach is known to improve the metabolism of the body which in turn helps burn up calories.
Considering all these facts, one can suggest that watermelons are not fattening – but are an extremely healthy food option which can be enjoyed whole, juiced or in salads.
Health benefits of eating watermelons
A healthy body is essential towards ensuring good metabolism, thus reducing fat deposition. Eating watermelons can contribute to several health benefits that go a long way in keeping your body functioning in a harmonious way. Some of the health benefits of this fruit are listed below:
- Watermelons are an excellent source of an anti-oxidant called “lycopene” that prevents inflammation in the body by neutralizing free radicals. It helps prevent conditions like arthritis, ulcers, atherosclerosis and colonic cancer.
- Watermelons are heart healthy foods and prevent the onset of heart diseases due to the antioxidants present in them.
- The presence of carotenoids in pink watermelons helps ensure good eye health in children and adults.
- It’s a rich source of vitamin B6 and vitamin B1 that assist in energy production and improving metabolism.
- Watermelons are rich in minerals like potassium and magnesium that help prevent conditions like hypertension.
So watermelons are not only non-fattening foods but are also highly beneficial to the over-all health of the body.
They are a prefect foil for summer induced thirsts because they not only supply water to the body but also provide essential electrolytes/minerals that ensure a replenishment of minerals lost through sweat.
Always remember that it’s not just the calories but the “wholesomeness” of the food that determines if it’s fattening or healthy for the body.