The Wonders of Watermelon

NUTRITION TIP THURSDAY

By Lindsey Herr

Watermelon is popping up in your local groceries and is as juicy as ever. This is a sure sign that summer has arrived! Not only is it a delicious, refreshing snack for you and your family, but it packs in important nutrients your body needs (macronutrients and micronutrients).

2 cups of diced watermelon has...

Water

  • 92% Water

  • Helps keep you hydrated during outdoor summer activities

Calories

  • 80 calories

  • Great low-cal snack

Carbohydrates

  • 21 g Carbohydrates

  • These sugars are found naturally and are much better for you than the sugars found in processed foods. So don’t eat a whole melon in one sitting but also- don’t worry about these sugars as much.

Protein

  • 1 g

  • Not a significant source of protein! Be sure you are getting protein from high protein foods like lean meats, beans, or nuts.

Fat

  • 0 g fat

  • About 30% of your daily calories should come from fat.

Sodium

  • 0 mg sodium

  • This means watermelon is a heart healthy fruit!

Potassium

  • 270 mg

  • Potassium helps regulate water and acid/base balance in the body

Vitamin A

  • 30% Daily Value

  • Good for vision and the immune system.

Vitamin C

  • 25% Daily Value

  • Immune boost!

Now go enjoy some watermelon knowing you’re doing a good thing for your body!

Check out Watermelon.org for more information.


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