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Read This Before Taking another Bite of Watermelon: What Ghanaian Traders won’t tell you

Watermelon as we all know is a very common fruit, especially in Ghana. It’s sold in almost all the fruit shops in the country, you’ll find some traders also street hawking on a normal day in Ghana. One thing though is that, because of how tasty it is, we often wonder if it is good for our bodies. The truth or rationale behind this thought is that most things we love end up being bad for our bodies and often bring about more harm than good. So, for the million-dollar question, is watermelon one of those things?

One of the best and most important things about watermelon as fruit is that it has a high water content of 92 per cent. This is what makes it a great alternative to plain water. Unlike many citrusy sports drinks, watermelon isn't very acidic so drinking the juice isn’t likely to cause acid reflux or other stomach-irritating reactions. It also contains B vitamins to spice up your energy levels and electrolytes to replenish nutrients lost as you sweat.

According to research, watermelon also contains a kind of aminoalkanoic acid referred to as citrulline, which works wonders on sore muscles and has been linked to improving blood flow and keeping your heart healthy. If that’s what you’re interested in, you should know: the white flesh near the rind contains more citrulline than the pink bits. Research studies have shown that athletes who drink watermelon juice before intense workouts have quicker recovery heart rates and fewer sore muscles the next day. Drinking watermelon juice can also increase overall athletic performance. When your body process citrulline, it turns into another amino acid called arginine.

While arginine has many functions, it primarily rids the body of excess ammonia. Since exercising releases ammonia into the bloodstream, having higher levels of this aminoalkanoic acid can significantly reduce muscle fatigue and exhaustion.

The Verdict

After reading this, one must conclude that watermelon is beneficial to the human body, so the next you go to any Ghanaian market to fruits, include watermelon. Don’t just include it but buy more of it for consumption.

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