The nutrition and taboos of watermelon -- the "king of summer fruits"

The modern living environment is full of various pollution and toxins. Fruits contain enzymes, which can activate body functions, foster metabolism, purify the blood, increase the oxygen content of red blood cells and the antibacterial power of white blood cells, and enhance immunity. An investigation by the Hong Kong Department of Health found that 90% of Hong Kong people lack fruit intake. It is recommended that Hong Kong people eat at least two servings a day in a balanced diet. As a go-to summer fruit, watermelon is a detox fruit that people with heatstroke, stomatitis, and alcoholism should eat more.

Watermelon is the king of summer fruits. Studies have shown that the water content of watermelon is as high as 94%, and watermelon ranks first for the natural nutrient juice content, which contains almost all the nutrients needed by the human body and is easily absorbed. In places where water is scarce or inadequate, such as in Africa, people regard watermelon as a significant food that can replenish nutrients and water.

Modern medical research shows many vitamins A, B, and C, arginine and glutamic acid and other amino acids, niacin, phosphoric acid, and malic acid in watermelon juice. The human body quickly digests glucose, sucrose and fructose, calcium, phosphorus, iron, potassium, zinc, and other minerals, lycopene and carotene, and other trace elements that are less fat and slightly alkaline. There are about 25-30 calories per 100g of watermelon. Watermelon can quickly replenish nutrients in the human body and promote metabolism, which is highly beneficial for metabolic detoxification, beauty, and anti-aging. The salt and enzymes in it can improve hypertension, arteriosclerosis, nephritis, cystitis, urinary tract infection, oesophageal cancer, sore throat, edema, etc.

Not only is watermelon flesh sweet and juicy, but even its rind, kernels, riots, and leaves have their functions. Therefore, people also utilize the value of watermelons by making watermelons into various dishes, that’s why watermelon is indeed an ideal fruit to keep us healthy. Watermelon rind contains citrulline, lysine, and vitamin C. Its effects of clearing away heat, detoxifying, removing wind and dampness, and reducing swelling and inflammation are more potent than that of the flesh. It is also an excellent medicine to lower cholesterol and prevent cardiovascular diseases. After eating watermelon, you can boil the white Watermelon rind to make soup or tea, soak in salt, or grind it into powder for external use.

Despite the many advantages of watermelon, it should not be consumed excessively. Otherwise, too much water will dilute the gastric juice and cause indigestion and decreased intestinal resistance. Moreover, watermelon is cold. People with a cold stomach and cold constitution should not overeat watermelon. Pregnant women and patients, after surgery too, should avoid consuming too much watermelon. At the same time, if the watermelon is frozen for too long, it may cause abdominal pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, especially for people with poor digestion and resistance, such as the elderly and children. Plus, patients with kidney disease and diabetes also need to control their consumption of watermelon. In addition, watermelon should not be consumed together with food such as lamb, shrimp, mangosteen, and fried food.

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