12 Mouth-Watering Facts About Watermelons

  • 12 Mouth-Watering Facts About Watermelons

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  • What fruit poses a risk to Israeli security? The watermelon of course. Apparently a Palestinian man was refused entry to his home in Hebron in June 2016 after he tried to cross a closed military zone with a watermelon. The man, melon in hand, wanted to enter the zone to go home was told by 25 Israeli soldiers he wouldn’t be entering and was made to stand there for 4 hours awaiting a decision to let him pass.
  • The watermelon contains over 91% water, this level is the same as that found in the human brain and this means the fruit is recognized as one of the best in the world for hydration.
  • Watermelons are a medicinal marvel supposedly helping in an array of different ways. The juice can reduce muscle soreness as it contains Citrulline which lowers blood pressure, it can improve eyesight and eye health as it’s so high in Vitamin A, and due to the high concentration of Lycopene, a phytochemical, it can lower the risk of cancer.
  • Even though we all have the same image come into our heads when we think of the humble watermelon we couldn’t be further from the truth for many of the species of this fantastic fruit. There are over 1200 varieties of watermelon all differing in texture, taste and appearance, some being solid black like the densuke and some having yellowish flesh like the orangeglo. Over 300 varieties are grown in the U.S. alone.
  • In 2013 in Tennessee USA, Christopher Kent set the Guinness World Record for the largest and heaviest watermelon in the world, weighing an unbelievable 350.5 lbs (159 kg), to put this in perspective the average watermelon weighs in at 25 lbs (11.33 kg) so Chris’ specimen was 14 times heavier!
  • Pac-Man was the first time the watermelon made a video game appearance. In the 1980 Namco cult classic the watermelon is the highest scoring prize, it can be eaten during gameplay for a 1000 point boost. The watermelon has now appeared in hundreds of games.
  • Whether you hate it or love it, one thing’s for sure, the watermelon really is a huge hit worldwide. Albeit $5 from the local supermarket or $6,000, this watery little wonder really has got an array of uses and the list of facts I’ve given above barely scratched the surface.

    The watermelon has been held highly throughout the ages and now with brands jumping on the watermelon bandwagon of late with new drink concoctions (Jack Daniels) or vaping liquid I don’t see the craze going away any time soon. So grab a wedge, sit down with a nice book and enjoy… oh and if you visit a friend why not take one along, that’s the traditional gift for a host in Japan.

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    Dan Lewis is a Welsh speaker. He has been in the tech sector for about 5 years and is qualified in most areas including networking, hardware, software and support. Enjoys writing about anything techy, nerdy or otherwise factually interesting.

    6 Health Benefits of Eating Cherries

    Health Benefit #4 – They help you bounce back after a workout.

    After a long workout (or even a short one) one of the worst parts is the soreness you feel the next day. It can be difficult to get into a routine of going to the gym when you continually feel the side effects of your previous exercise. The anti-inflammatory properties from the anthocyanin not only help speed up the recovery process by repairing your muscles quicker, but results in less muscle damage in the first place. This links back to the antioxidants which produces more oxygen in your system. This also means you will experience less muscle pain and tenderness overall.

    Health Benefit #5 – Cherries help you with weight loss.

    Surprisingly enough, cherries are rich with dietary fiber which helps you feel full quicker. Eating a bowl of cherries before a meal will help you eat less overall and help speed up your metabolism. This also means cherries make a great snack for in between meals or satisfying your craving for sweets. Even with all their benefits, one cherry contains about 5 calories, so be sure to keep track of just how much you eat, otherwise using cherries to lose weight will backfire!

    Health Benefit #6 – Regulate your sleep.

    The list of natural food that contains melatonin is short, and cherries happen to be on it. Melatonin is a natural hormone found in the body, but certain habits can prevent it from producing enough to sleep well. On average, there are 13 nanograms of melatonin per gram of cherry. While this may sound like an insignificant amount, studies have shown that it’s enough to make a difference. Drinking a glass or two of tart cherry juice 30-60 minutes before bed and bringing more melatonin into your system will make it easier to not only fall asleep at night, but stay asleep.

    As you can see, the diverse utility in such a tiny fruit is impressive! With a delicious taste to match, it’s easy to incorporate into your diet. So the next time you’re at a grocery store or better yet, farmers market, be sure to pick up a batch of these tasty red health boosters.