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...
Helps keep you hydrated during outdoor summer activities
Great low-cal snack
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.
Not a significant source of protein! Be sure you are getting protein from high protein foods like lean meats, beans, or nuts.
0 g fat
About 30% of your daily calories should come from fat.
0 mg sodium
This means watermelon is a heart healthy fruit!
Potassium helps regulate water and acid/base balance in the body
30% Daily Value
Good for vision and the immune system.
25% Daily Value
Now go enjoy some watermelon knowing you’re doing a good thing for your body!
Check out Watermelon.org for more information.