In summer, the fruit is sweet, but watermelon can have more than you might think.
What could be better than eating freshly cut melon on a hot summer day? Watermelon is known for creating a cozy atmosphere in summer. This sweet fruit also contains a nutritious punch. It's high in vitamins A and C, antioxidants, and is actually a low-sugar fruit compared to cup for cup of other tropical fruit.
However, apart from its nutritional composition, you can experience some of the secret side effects of eating this watermelon.
Aggravated digestive problems.
Watermelon is high in fructose, a plant compound in the FODMAP category. People with a history of digestive problems such as irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) may need to limit FODMAPs to feel their best.
Not everyone is prone to FODMAPs and experimenting with elimination protocols may work for you if you suspect watermelon is contributing to your stomach problems!
Helps neutralize cancer cells.
Watermelon is rich in antioxidants that help neutralize free radicals in the body. Uncontrolled free radicals have the ability to form cancer cells.
Lycopene is the star of the show here. Tomatoes usually have a reputation for being a good source of lycopene. But watermelon actually provides almost 40% more lycopene than raw tomatoes!
Antioxidants such as lycopene help fight cancer, promote aging, and repair damaged cells in the body.
Fullness is the feeling of fullness and satisfaction after eating. Finding foods that make you feel full is a recipe for success when trying to keep your portion sizes in check. The feeling of fullness facilitates correct serving.
An important factor that contributes to satiety is the total amount of food consumed. So the ability to eat more gives a feeling of fullness. Watermelon offers this advantage due to its high water content. In other words, because the fruit is quite juicy, you can eat more to lower the total calories compared to other fruits.
Helps control weight.
Researchers in a 2019 study published in Nutrients found that consuming 2 cups of watermelon per day boosts weight loss efforts by increasing feelings of fullness. In fact, they compared the watermelon group to the isocaloric cake group. This means that the researchers fed both groups the same number of calories: one group got their calories from watermelon and the other from low-fat cookies.
Studies like this one show that not all calories are created equal: some can make us feel fuller, happier, and eat less during the day!
Can cause migraines.
A recent study on the causes of migraines found that watermelon can be more potent than other fruits. The researchers examined a variety of fruits, including watermelon, passion fruit, oranges, pineapples, grapes, bananas, cucumbers and papayas.
However, watermelon has been linked to more cases of migraines - sometimes within minutes of consuming the fruit! Nearly 30% of participants experienced migraines within about 90 minutes of consuming watermelon!
If this secret side effect piques your interest, think about other effects of eating watermelon.
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