I think we can all agree that watermelon is the most refreshing fruit that we look forward to during the summer, right? Juicing watermelon is the easy part. From one watermelon you can get liters of juice! This part is crucial: when to eat/drink watermelon. It is a key factor that many people are not aware of.
If you want to cut to the chase, check out my YouTube video I created last summer diving into this topic. If not, keep scrolling, I’ll break it down.
benefits of watermelon
Watermelon is so refreshing because it is about 90% water. BUT don’t let that steer you away and just grab water instead. It is packed with vitamins and nutrients. My favorite part about this melon is that it is full of lycopene which is a carotenoid that gives it that red pigment. The same thing that is found in tomatoes. Lycopene helps protect your skin from the sun (no coincidence it’s in season in the summer, thanks God), improves heart health, and fights against cancer. Watermelon is also packed full of magnesium and potassium which are essential minerals and last but not least Vitamin A and C.
If you are trying to lower your blood pressure, juice watermelon!
How to pick out the perfect watermelon
Unlike most fruit, watermelon does not ripen after it is picked. You want to look for the lighter colored spot on the bottom to be more of a yellowish tint, not white. Also, give it knock and if it sounds hollow, its good to go. Check out the post below for a better visual.
How to clean your watermelon
It’s a good idea to clean your fruit before you cut it open. The soil, bacteria, dirt from being transferred, etc. can get on the knife and get into the sweet middle that you are about to consume. I use this hydrogen peroxide (food grade) pictured here to clean mine.
*when you should/should not have watermelon
I am a huge advocate for eating tons and tons of fruit. However, when you have fruit, especially melon, is very important. Fruit digests very quickly in our system. It is in and out of the stomach within 10-15 minutes. Because of this, you want to eat fruit first and on an empty stomach rather than it sitting on top of foods that take longer to digest. If it sits on top, it ferments and causes discomfort, bloating, and gas. Melon especially doesn’t mix well with other foods, even fruit.
I've heard so many different times from people that “they cannot eat watermelon” because every time they do, they are in pain. I would assume 9 out of 10 times that it is because other food is already in their system or they are eating other food about the same time the watermelon was consumed. If you are one of those people, I hope that tip changes your life:)
To summarize, eat your refreshing watermelon by itself on an empty stomach and then wait at least 15 minutes before eating other foods. I want you to enjoy watermelon and all it has to offer without pain or discomfort on your digestive system.
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