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20 Fun Facts About Watermelon

20 Fun Facts About Watermelon | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

 By Julie Christensen

 

What would summer be without juicy, sweet watermelon? Watermelon makes the perfect snack, picnic food or summer dessert. It’s also refreshing in smoothies, fruit pops and sorbets. Have you ever wondered where watermelon came from? How about the old wive’s tale about swallowing watermelon seeds? Read on to learn fun and interesting facts about your favorite summer fruit.

 

1. Seedless watermelons aren’t genetically modified. They’re actually a hybrid watermelon created by crossing a watermelon with 22 chromosomes with a watermelon with 44 chromosomes. The result is a sterile watermelon. These watermelons produce immature white seeds that are perfectly safe to eat. Seedless watermelons were first created over 50 years ago.

 

2. Watermelons have been cultivated in Egypt for more than 5,000 years. Egyptians depicted watermelon in drawings on the walls of tombs and even left watermelon with their dead to nourish them as they journeyed through the underworld.

 

3. Because watermelons are native to Africa, they need hot, sunny conditions to thrive. Some varieties need up to 130 warm days to ripen.

Most watermelons mature in 85 to 100 days.

 

4. According to Guinness World Records, the largest watermelon ever grown was grown in Arkansas by Lloyd Bright and weighed 268.8 pounds! The record was set in 2005 at theHope ArkansasBig Watermelon Contest.

 

5. Watermelons are 92 percent water. Early explorers sometimes carried watermelons instead of canteens.

6. Over 300 types of watermelons are grown in the U.S., although only about 50 varieties are grown for grocery stores. Try growing watermelon in your own backyard to experiment with more unusual varieties.

 

7. Watermelons usually have red flesh, but some watermelons have white, yellow, orange or even green flesh.

 

8. Watermelon sweetness can be measured by a Brix scale. Most watermelons are around 9 to 10 on the Brix scale. Very sweet watermelon measure 11 to 12 on the Brix scale.

 

9. Watermelons spread from Africa to China in the 10th century. Today, China grows more watermelon than any other country. In China, guests offer watermelons as gifts to a hostess.

 

10. The U.S.ranksfourth in the worldforwatermelon production. Top watermelon growing states include California, Arizona, Texas, Florida and Georgia.

 

11. John Egerton, Southern food historian, believes watermelons came to the U.S.withAfrican slaves.

 

12. A watermelon will not grow in your belly if you eat the seeds. In fact, the seeds are actually quite nutritious with high levels of magnesium, zinc and protein. Chew the seeds before swallowing for optimum nutrition.

 

13. We think of watermelon as a fruit because of its sweet flavor, but watermelon is actually a vegetable. It belongs to the cucurbit family, and is related to pumpkins, cucumbers and squash.

 

14. Old-timers like to sprinkle watermelon with a dash of salt. In Egypt and Africa, people often pair watermelon with salty feta cheese. The salt brings out the juice and flavor of watermelon.

 

15. Watermelon is a health food! Watermelon has only 40 calories per cup, yet it has more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Lycopene is a powerfulantioxidant whichcan reduce inflammation and destroy free radicals. Watermelon is also high in vitamin C and a good source of fiber.

 

16. The Japanese grow square watermelon. How? They place square glass boxes around a growingfruit soit becomes square as it grows. The Japanese like them because they’re small and don’t roll around. They fit neatly in a refrigerator. The downside? Thesewatermeloncost about $82!

 

17. Have you ever had a watermelon seed spitting contest? Jason Schayot is an expert watermelon seedspitter. He holds the world record for watermelon seed spitting at 75 feet 2 inches, set in 1995.

 

18. Watermelon is the official vegetable of Oklahoma. Or is it a fruit?

 

19. Americans eat more watermelon by weight than any other fruit. Watermelon producers in America grow more than 4 billion pounds of watermelon annually.

 

20. Mark Twain loved watermelon. He called it the food of angels.

 

Know of any other fun watermelon facts that we missed? Leave a comment and let us know, so we can add it!

 

When she’s not writing about gardening, food and canning, Julie Christensen enjoys spending time in her gardens, which includes perennials, vegetables and fruit trees. She’s written hundreds of gardening articles for the Gardening Channel, Garden Guides and San Francisco Gate, as well as several e-books.

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20 Apps & Websites For Saving Money On Organic Food

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You can enjoy organic food on a budget here are 20 apps and websites that can help. Saving money on organic food is not impossible it is highly possible.

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How Mark Lynas Got Converted To G.M.O. Food

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15 healthy foods that are easy on your wallet - ConsumerReports.org

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Learn tips and tricks for making healthy foods that are easy on yourwallet butstill taste great, from the health experts at Consumer Reports.

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The 7 Best Food Combos for Weight Loss

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With many healthy foods, two is better than one.

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5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun")

5 Foods That Actually Offer Skin Protection - Care2.com ("pinoys need protection vs sun") | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

“ Did you realize that the foods you eat can affect how resilient your skin is to the sun? Here are foods that have been shown to improve skin health.”

But, did you realize that some foods can affect how resilient your skin is to the harsh UV rays of the sun? Here are 5 food groups that have been shown to help improve skin health (keep in mind these aren’t a substitute for safe sunscreen and proper skin protection!).

Salmon & chia. Or any omega-3-rich food for that matter. Tomatoes & carrots. Beta-carotene and lycopene have been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself from UV rays.

Dark chocolate. The flavonoids in this superfood have actually been shown to improve the skin’s ability to protect itself against sun damage.

Cruciferous veggies & leafy greens. Yes, yes, we all know that broccoli, cauliflower, and that ubiquitous superfood kale are full of antioxidants. And antioxidants prevent free radical damage, like the damage caused by UV rays. But cruciferous veggies also possibly play a role in preventing not only skin cancer, but many forms of cancer, although the research is far from conclusive.

Green tea. Those polyphenols have done it again. Studies have shown that daily tea drinking, in association with the Mediterranean diet, can offer protection against melanoma.


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Staying in shaded areas, avoiding direct sunlight and eating health foods will keep our skins resilient, but we still need sunscreen lotions when exposed to a lot of sunlight.


"Keep in mind eating a bar of dark chocolate and sprinkling some chia seeds on your oatmeal isn’t enough of an excuse to ditch the sunscreen. Again, be sure to stay in shady areas, avoid tanning beds and use safe sunscreen."

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Creating Healthy Eating Habits For Your Kids - Pain Doctor

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Organizations all across the country are working together to find the best ways to address childhood obesity. Here are the ways you can help your own kids.

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"Fitness" labels on food may lead consumers to eat more, exercise less - CBS News

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You Eat Pineapple But You Have Probably Never Heard Of This - Healthy Food House

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“ Pineapple is packed with healthy nutrients that protect us against many ailments. Pineapple tastes sweet and contains great amount of vitamins A and C, fiber, phosphorus, potassium, and calcium. 1. Strong protection against cancer Pineapple is loaded with antioxidants that destroy free radicals and prevent cell damage. It provides a strong protection against severe diseases, …”


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The Real Bears - YouTube

This is the unhappy truth about soda: http://therealbears.org It wasn't so bad when soft drinks were the occasional treat. But now sugary drinks are thenumb...

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Processed food: an experiment that failed - YouTube

Talk by Prof. Robert Lustig, University of California, at the 2015 EAT Food Forum. Read more on www.eatforum.org

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Prudent Ways to Fight Childhood Obesity

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Several popular strategies not only help children achieve and maintain a normal weight but also save a lot of health care dollars, researchers found.

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Childhood obesity won't go away until we all work together and make significant changes in the way our society views food

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There are now more obese Americans than overweight Americans

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The number of overweight and obese adults in the United States continues to rise, according to a new study that’s found more than two-thirds of adult Americans aged 25 years or older are now overweight or obese. The research analysed data from the...

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The Cancer-Fighting Vitamin You Should Be Taking That Very Few People Know About It

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Find out what this secret yet powerful B-Vitamin is and where you can naturally find it.

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Whole Foods CEOs Apologize for Overcharging Customers

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(VIDEO REPORT BELOW)    Whole Foods CEOs Apologize for Overcharging Customers.  

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WEBINARJAM | Keeping it Real - Real Health, Real Food, Real Science

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First webinar in a series featuring leading voices in world of nutrition. Luci Gabel interviews Dr. Robert Lustig.

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Make sure to sign up for our webinar this Thursday! We'd love for you to join us!

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9 Ways Science Justifies Your Coffee Addiction

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Dynamic Duos: How To Get More Nutrition By Pairing Foods

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Top 100 Foods And Snacks Under 50 Calories | My Weight Loss Dream

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Autoimmune Diseases, Inflammation, and the Leaky Gut Connection

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"The immune system is as remarkable as it is complex. It is, after all, our body’s 24/7 watchdog. When the immune system functions normally, it distinguishes external foes from friends—mounting a powerful response to infections while allowing nourishing nutrients to enter our bloodstream. But as counter-intuitive as it might seem, the immune system sometimes turns against its host, sort of like a dog biting the hand that feeds it. When the immune system attacks the very body it’s meant to protect, it causes what doctors call autoimmune diseases."


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Here’s how eggs can super-charge your salads

Here’s how eggs can super-charge your salads | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

 

PETER DOCKRILL26 JUN 2015

 

While many eaters are mindful to limit their overall egg consumption for fear of ramping up their cholesterol count, a new study has found that pairing salads with eggs can markedly improve the absorption of nutrients contained in raw vegetables.

 

Researchers at Purdue University in the US conducted a study that saw 16 participants consume the same mixed-vegetable salad in three different variations: with no eggs, with a 75-gram serving of eggs (1.5 eggs), or with 150 grams of eggs (three eggs).

 

Once the participants’ blood was analysed after the meals, the results indicated that carotenoid absorption was significantly higher - by a factor of three to eight times - for the salad with three eggs than when compared to the egg-free serving.

 

Carotenoids are fat-soluble nutrients, contained in a variety of fruits and vegetables, and are believed to provide a range of health benefits including reducing inflammation, oxidative stress, and the risk of disease.

 

“Eating a salad with a variety of colourful vegetables provides several unique types of carotenoids, including beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and lycopene,” one of the team and professor of nutrition science, Wayne Campbell, said in a press release. “The lipid contained in whole eggs enhances the absorption of all these carotenoids.”

 

And don’t skimp on the egg yolk either, folks. The research, published in The American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, indicates that you won’t get all the benefits of the carotenoid absorption if you limit yourself to just egg whites. (In testing, the researchers used scrambled eggs to ensure the participants consumed the whole egg.)

 

“While other egg forms were not tested, we believe the results would be comparable as long as the egg yolk is consumed,” said Campbell.

 

In addition to eggs, other forms of lipids can also help with carotenoid uptake. One of the simplest ways to do this with a salad is to use a salad dressing that contains healthy fats, but the researchers warn not go overboard with energy-dense toppings.

 

“The lipids in salad dressings also increase the absorption of carotenoids but it is easy to overuse salad dressings and consume excess calories.

Many salad dressings contain about 140-160 calories per serving, about two tablespoons,” says Campbell. “One large whole egg is about 70 calories and provides 6 grams of protein. People are at a greater risk of putting too many calories on a salad because they don't always know proper portion sizes for salad dressings, but you do know the portion size of an egg.”


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15 Horrifying Facts About Processed Meat

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If you would like to continue to eat meat, it’s best to choose organic meats that are grass-fed or free-range. It’s best to look for meat with no nitrates, MSG, high-fructose corn syrup, preservatives, or any artificial flavouringor colouring.

You could purchase from small, local farms or find a source where you are sure that the animals have been allowed to thrive in their natural habitat.

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21 Zero Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down

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Did you know that plant based foods are easier for your body to digest than animal based food? Plant based foods are rich in nutrients your body requires to function optimally.  Eating a variety of greens, veggies, and fruits offers you a broad spectrum of plant nutrients, minerals, vitamins, and enzymes  which aids you in weight loss and supports repair of cells, organs, bones, and tissues in your body. Plant based foods are Mother Nature's proprietary medicines.

 

Health Tips:  Did you know that leafy greens contain large amounts of chlorophyll which is the body's purifier?  Chlorophyll oxygenates and rebuilds your blood, which then optimizes your body's ability to absorb nutrients and support pH balance. The alkalizing and oxygenating effects of chlorophyll encourage the expulsion of excess fat and waste products from your body. 

 

Here's "21 Zero-Calorie Foods to Help You Slim Down" from buynongmoseeds.com

 

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Center for Food Safety | The Monsanto Protection Act is Back, and Worse Than Ever

Center for Food Safety | The Monsanto Protection Act is Back, and Worse Than Ever | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it

Latest changes to the Pompeo “DARK” Act create an anti-democracy, anti-consumer, anti-environment mega-bill
June 15, 2015 (Washington, D.C.) - Center for Food Safety (CFS) today expressed strong opposition to Representative Pompeo’s newly revised genetically engineered (GE) food labeling preemption bill (H.R. 1599), which now has been greatly expanded to not only prohibit all labeling of GE foods, but also to make it unlawful for states or local governments to restrict GE crops in any way. These new provisions would not only prohibit any future state and local laws, but also undemocratically nullify GE crop regulations that have existed in numerous counties across the country for over a decade. The bill would also further weaken alreadyweak federal regulation of GE crops, while at the same time forbidding local communities from opting to protect their citizens, their farmers, and their environments."

 

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Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocado | Healthiest Foods

Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocado | Healthiest Foods | Nutrition Today | Scoop.it
There's some amazing avocado benefits for your health. If you would like to lose weight, improve your skin and lower your risk of many life-threatening diseases, here's why it's worth eating more avocados.

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Are you eating avocados or are you afraid they'll make you gain weight?  That's a common myth for many of us.

 

Avocados are one of the best foods you can eat, rich in vitamin E and glutathione (the master antioxidant). They are loaded with heart healthy mono saturated fat, which comes from their oleic acid (think olive oil and nuts) and potassium. Eating avocado increases your beneficial HDL cholesterol, drives down triglycerides, and reduces inflammation.  Avocado enhances the absorption of beta-carotene (carrots, squashes, pumpkins, beet greens, kale, spinach, Swiss chard, watercress, cilantro leaves) and lycopene (watermelon, tomatoes). Clinical research confirms that eating avocados and other heart healthy fats such as olive, coconut oil, nuts, and homemade hummus definitely helps with lifelong weight loss. And mashed avocado makes for a good skin beauty mask too.

 

Health Tips:  Avocado is a super food to take along when you're traveling on an airplane. At home eat an avocado at least 3-4 times a week or more. Avocado goes great in sweet and savory salads, salsa, guacamole, mousse,  pudding, and out of hand. In smoothies, it gives a creamy texture. The new trend is to fill avocado with spreads like hummus, baba gnoush, or any homemade spread you like. Some folks eat the pits too. How do you like your avocado?

 

Here's an information packed article on "The Top 5 Health Benefits of Avocado" from healthiest foods.co.uk

 

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