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Watermelon

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Apparently yesterday was National Watermelon Day. Since it was only in the US, as far as I know, I don’t feel too badly about missing it. However, it seemed like a good enough impetus for a blog post.

Watermelon is delicious, refreshing, and nutritious. An excellent trifecta! One cup of watermelon is only 48 calories. It also has 11 mg of calcium, 180 mg of potassium, and 487 mcg of beta carotene. Since it’s over 90% water it’s a great source of fluid as well. If you’re diabetic, or concerned about the glycemic index, you should be pleased to learn that despite its high glycemic index (72), watermelon has a low glycemic load (4)*.

A great way to enjoy watermelon is in a simple salad. I chop-up watermelon and mix with baby arugula (or mixed baby greens), top with crumbled feta and fresh ground black pepper and a little sea salt. The juice from with watermelon makes additional salad dressing unnecessary.

 

Author: diana chard

I'm a registered dietitian living in Nova Scotia, Canada. My goal is to help people relearn how to have a healthy relationship with food.

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