Swelling, sugar, nitrates: what you shouldn’t be afraid of in watermelons
FROMThe watermelon season continues! Moreover, it is believed that it is in late August and early September that they are the sweetest and most delicious. True, many are afraid to abuse this berry, fearing the sugar content, others, on the contrary, go to the other extreme: they sit down on a watermelon mono-diet.
The BeautyHack editors found out from an expert – Natalia Kustova, cosmetologist and dermatovenerologist at the TORI Clinic of Aesthetic Medicinehow to find balance and use watermelon for the benefit, not harm.
Why is watermelon useful for the body?
Watermelon contains a large amount of various trace elements and vitamins. These are, first of all, B vitamins – thiamine, folic acid, riboflavin, as well as ascorbic acid, magnesium, potassium, sodium, calcium. As a result, this berry has a choleretic, laxative effect, improves intestinal motility, and watermelon seeds (by the way, you can also eat them!) Also have a general strengthening effect on the body as a whole.
In addition, recent studies by scientists have confirmed that, due to the high level of vitamin A, watermelon helps to improve vision, and vitamin B6 – strengthens memory and contributes to concentration.
Watermelon for skin
This berry in the diet is good for our appearance as well. Especially the watermelon seeds. They, like almond oil, contain linolenic and linoleic acids, which have a beneficial effect on the skin: moisturize and fight against age-related changes. At the same time, the lycopene contained in the watermelon protects against ultraviolet radiation. True, only in combination with SPF products.
Many people are afraid to eat watermelon at night due to the fact that it causes swelling. But here you need to understand that 100 grams of watermelon contains about 27 calories. And if you eat no more than 400 grams per meal (which corresponds to 120-130 calories), then you can, on the contrary, help the body get rid of edema.
Watermelon can be safely included in the diet of the fasting day. For example, it can consist of the following foods: chicken breast, bread, and watermelon. During the day, eat these three foods, and in the evening, leave only the watermelon and breast.
But sitting on a watermelon (like any other) mono-diet is not recommended. Because this miracle berry has a strong diuretic effect, excessive consumption can lead to dehydration.
You also need to be careful to eat watermelon for people suffering from cardiovascular diseases, edema, lymphostasis, with impaired renal function.
What about sugar?
Watermelon contains sugar, sucrose and fructose, but this can only be harmful to those people who have high blood glucose levels, diabetes mellitus, and insulin resistance.
Nitrates in watermelons
The nitrates used in berry cultivation are in themselves low-toxic. But reacting with glucose, they form harmful compounds that disrupt the transport function of blood. This, in turn, affects the level of hemoglobin, which falls, which means that metabolic processes in cells slow down. This condition is especially dangerous for children and people with cardiovascular and respiratory diseases.
The fact that the watermelon was grown using nitrates is evidenced by the intense red color of the pulp with yellowish fibers. The latter should practically not be. Too shiny peel also indicates the use of fertilizers. It is easy to check a watermelon for nitrate content: chop the pulp and lower it into a glass. If the water becomes cloudy, it means that the berry is without chemistry, and if it turns slightly pink, alas.
Watermelon in cosmetology
When it comes to skin care, watermelon extract combined with other ingredients in beauty products can provide a soothing and moisturizing effect. But the extract itself is practically useless for the skin, since the concentration of nutrients in it is very insignificant.