An ice-cold slice of watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew on a hot summer day can be exceptionally refreshing. Melons are a good choice for a sweet treat if you’re watching your weight because they have high water content and are relatively low in calories (a one-cup portion of diced melon contains just about 45 to 60 calories).
Watermelon has several elements that have to improved heart health. Lycopene, for example, is an antioxidant that may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The other is citrulline, an amino acid that has increased nitric oxide levels, a chemical shown to relax blood vessels and lower blood pressure.
How can you know if a watermelon is ripe? Where the melon rested on the soil, they frequently have a pale green or white “bald spot.” The melon is ripe when that area turns a pale yellow or cream tint. Shiny skin on an immature melon changes to a satin or matte rind as the fruit ripens. According to the USDA, thumping on the fruit to listen for a resounding, heavy thud isn’t an exceptionally reliable procedure.