Watermelon is mostly water (approximately 94%), therefore it is an excellent source of hydration, ideal during the summer. Pure, uncontaminated water, low in calories and rich in vitamins and minerals. Each bowl of chopped watermelon, weighing approximately 154g, has a little bit over 46 kcal. This value may vary slightly between the almost 300 existing varieties of watermelon.
A bowl of watermelon is a good source of vitamin C (21% of dietary reference intake (DRI) for adults) and vitamin A (18% DRI for adults). It also provides other vitamins and minerals, such as potassium, which helps optimize blood pressure and, consequently, cardiovascular health.
The lycopene content of watermelon surpasses that of tomato. This nutrient, together with carotenoids and vitamin C, also present in watermelon, have been associated with a decreased risk of certain types of cancer when part of a balanced diet.
To benefit the most of their nutritional properties, always choose products in season.