20 Dairy-Free Watermelon Recipes + New Healthy Reasons to Love this Fruit
Last week I posted several recipes in honor of National Watermelon Day
. But as I checked out the weekly ads from my local grocery stores, I realized that the watermelon love is far from over. Nearing their ripest point in the season, I highly recommend picking up a watermelon to nosh on wedges at picnics and backyard barbecues or to enjoy in some delicious dairy-free recipes. And in case you need some extra motivation, there are actually some new nutritious findings about this uber-sweet fruit.
What’s New in the Healthy World of Watermelon?
- Thanks to recent research studies on high-lycopene foods, watermelon has jumped to the front of the pack – battling tomatoes for champion of this super phytonutrient. Lycopene has long been prized as valuable for cardiovascular health, but scientists are now viewing it as a strong contender for bone health, too.
- Watermelon has a high citrulline content, which is a precursor to an amino acid that halps to improve cardiovascular health. Some studies have also shown that the conversion of citrulline may help to prevent excess accumulation of fat.
- There’s no need to cast those watermelon wedges once you’ve devoured the bright red flesh. Even the pale pink layer has shown to be a nutritional standout for phenolic antioxidants, flavonoids, lycopene, and vitamin C.
- That said, recent studies have shown that fully ripened watermelons do pack a more nutrient-dense punch throughout than their under-ripe beginnings. The biggest jump in lycopene (and other antioxidants) seems to occur when the watermelon flesh turns from white-pink to pink, but it becomes even more concentrated with that juicy red color appears.
And did you know that watermelon is the most popular fruit on Facebook?
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