Healthy Living

Why Watermelon?

Watermelon is one of the best treats for hot Oklahoma summer days! It is the perfect snack to share with your friends and family or to eat by yourself. If that's not enough to convince you to grab an Oklahoma grown watermelon during your next farmer's market visit, here are a few other reasons why you should:

It's the state vegetable. The watermelon isn't exactly a vegetable, but it is in the same family as the cucumber! At least, that's what 78 Oklahoma house representatives thought when they voted to officially give watermelon this honor in 2007. Whenever you take a bite out of this juicy goodness, you can take pride in being an Oklahoman!  

It is full of vitamins and minerals. In fact, it has more Lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is an important antioxidant that gives watermelons their bright red color and helps lower the risk for heart disease, high blood pressure, and prostate cancer. Watermelon also provides Vitamin A, Vitamin B6, and Vitamin C!  

It's a low-calorie snack. There are only 90 calories in 2 cups of watermelon! In comparison, about the same amount of calories can be found in 1/4 cup of chocolate pudding, 1.5 sugar wafers, or  1 tablespoon of peanut butter. Go ahead and gorge on this gourd!

It can be better than a sports drink! Watermelon is 92% water to keep you hydrated, plus it has more electrolytes than your typical sports drink.  It also has citrulline, an amino acid that stimulates your body to make protein to keep your body functioning well. Snack on this sweet treat after your next workout!  

It's delicious! More than just an excellent side dish, all parts of the watermelon are edible, including the rind. Watermelons can be frozen, grilled, juiced, and pickled. Check out some of ONIE's recipes to see some other ways you can eat watermelon:  

Have other ideas on how to eat watermelon? We want to know! Let us know below.


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