PREPARING WATERMELON

Salad
Watermelon cubes can be served as plain fruit salad or along with other fruits and vegetables chopped together.Some fruits /vegetables used as complement are: Beetroot, Avocado, Tomatoes, Spinach, Pear and Cucumber. Cheese, salt and chili powder can be sprinkled on the salad for taste.

Juice
Put the watermelon cubes in a juicer and process. Mild syrup can be added to the juice for taste. The juice can be served immediately with ice cubes or freeze for later use.

Smoothies
Process the watermelon cubes in a blender until smooth. Add white sugar (optional) and blend another 10 seconds to incorporate. Serve or freeze immediately.

 

HEALTH RISKS OF WATERMELON

If eaten in reasonable amounts, watermelons should produce no serious side effects. If you eat an abundance of the fruit daily, however, you may experience problems from having too much lycopene or potassium.

Causing nausea, diarrhea, indigestion and bloating, according to the American Cancer Society.

People with serious hyperkalemia, or too much potassium in their blood, should probably not consume more than about one cup of watermelon a day. According to the National Institutes of Health, hyperkalemia can result in irregular heartbeats and other cardiovascular problems, as well as reduced muscle control.

Watermelon lovers should be mindful of their sugar intake. “Though watermelon’s sugar is naturally occurring, [watermelon] is still relatively high in sugar.”

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