Watermelon is one of my favorite fruit. It is very tasty and refreshing in the summer. It is believed to have originated in Africa. These delicious fruit were grown in Egypt and India as early as 2500 BC.
There are over 500 species of watermelon in the world. It contains 92% water. Its seeds are rich in proteins and fats and are used to make vegetable oil.
Watermelon is a source of vitamins A, C, a very large dose of potassium, calcium, iron, beta, carotene and fiber. Watermelon has only 5% sugar, which is half the sugar content in an apple.
Watermelon has only 80 calories per 100 grams of the product and it does not contain any fat or cholesterol. Watermelon also contains the antioxidant lycopene, which helps fight tumors.
An interesting fact is, that the Russians make beer from watermelon juice. All the vitamins in watermelon are found in its pulp, peel and seeds. It also contains:
- Vitamin A;
- vitamin PP;
- Vitamin E;
- Vitamin B1;
- Vitamin B6;
Watermelon is rich in vitamin B1. It helps calm the nervous system. In watermelon, as we said, there is lycopene, which is twice as much as in tomatoes.
It also contains phosphorus.
It is also good to know that watermelon is natural viagra.