There are certain myths around watermelon that prevent women from enjoying the fruit. It is said that it causes diarrhea, flushes out vital nutrients from the body, and leads to excess weight gain. In fact, it is a nutritious fruit with plenty of health benefits. It keeps you hydrated, prevents pre-eclampsia, reduces swelling, and treats heat rashes. The fruit is harmless to pregnant women as long as it is had in moderation.
Watermelon is an excellent snack for dogs, especially in summer. Loaded with vitamins like A, B6 and C, watermelon is low in calories and is a refreshing food for your furry friend. However, before giving the fruit to the dog, all the seeds, including the white ones, need to be removed from it. The rind of the watermelon too should be avoided because both rind and seeds are difficult to digest and could cause digestive issues in dogs.
Watermelon is not fattening. A cup of watermelon has just 46 Cal, negligible fat, and 92% water – water has 0 calories, keeps you full, and boosts metabolism, curbing weight gain. Watermelon has a high GI of 76, but it takes 10 cups to cause a blood sugar spike. Even diabetics can have it for weight loss. It can also help check fat storage and helps muscle growth. The fruit is rich in vitamins C and B6. But remember to chuck the seeds and eat no more than 2 cups a day.
Watermelons do contain sugar, but that doesn't make them a no-no for diabetics. The low glycemic load of 5, relatively low-calorie content, and abundance of nutrients might mean the fruit can be included in your diet. Just be sure to balance out your carb intake. A serving could contain anywhere from 6 to 11.5 gm of carbs depending on how generous your portion is. And research cautions against too much carb intake if better glycemic control is your goal.
Watermelon has a high lycopene content, which can accumulate if you eat too much. High levels may cause diarrhea, especially if you eat a lot of lycopene-rich foods. You should also be careful if you drink a lot of alcohol, because lycopene will interact with it and cause liver inflammation. Overeating watermelon will cause potassium to accumulate, leading to irregular heartbeat and palpitations. And if you’re diabetic, avoid eating a lot at once to prevent a spike in blood sugar.
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