Nutrition Benefits of Watermelon
Watermelon contains about 92 percent water, making it a good thirst quencher and diuretic. It also consists of about twelve percent fiber and is an excellent source of vitamin C and a very good source of vitamin A because of its beta carotene. High intakes of vitamin C and beta-carotene have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, improve asthma conditions, reduce the risk of colon cancer, and alleviate some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis. Watermelon is also a very concentrated source of the carotenoid lycopene, which has antioxidant and cancer-preventing properties.
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Yes—it is really important to wash melon before you eat it. I know it seems silly since you don’t eat the rind, right? But think about this: As you cut into the melon, your knife drags the bacteria on the surface right into the flesh of the fruit—the part you do eat.

Run melon under cold water and rub smooth-skinned varieties clean with your hand; rough or netted-skin melons, like cantaloupe, should be gently scrubbed with a vegetable brush under the water.

For recipes and tips on melons, see our video, How to Prepare Fresh Melon and our collection of Melon Recipes.