I get newsletters from people who are involved in sports training, nutrition, and a bunch of other health related topics. I received this from Dr. Andrew Weil today and I thought it would be a nice summertime weekend addition to Pain Free Living. I hope you enjoy it.
4 Reasons to Eat Watermelon
by Dr. Andrew Weil
A summertime favorite, watermelon is more than just a refreshing afternoon snack – it has health benefits, too. Watermelon is:
- Low in calories
- Rich in antioxidants
- A good source of vitamins C, A, B6 and B1
- A good source of the carotenoid lycopene, which may help reduce the risk of prostate and other cancers
It is also versatile, lending its sweet flavor and crisp texture to everything from tomatoes to cheese. When choosing, look for a hefty, symmetrical, unblemished melon. A creamy yellow spot on the bottom indicates ripeness. Add this colorful fruit to your summer menu for a healthy way to cool off – perfect for any hot day!
I’d also like to share my very favorite website when it comes to nutrition. I wish we could get all of our needs met by our foods, but with all the chemicals added to the soil, and then sprayed on the fruits and vegetables, that isn’t possible any longer. Thank heaven there is a solution that is easy and inexpensive (when compared to poor health).
Have a great weekend,