Health Watch - July Fourth: Watermelon

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This week on Health Watch, we’ve been talking about enjoying the Fourth of July safely. Be careful in hot weather, let the professionals set off the fireworks and follow food-safety procedures when grilling. After all these cautions, there’s one July Fourth tradition that’s good for your health.

One of the best ways to cool off on a hot afternoon is with an ice-cold wedge of watermelon. Lona Sandon, a registered dietitian at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this juicy summer treat is also a great source of potassium, which is essential for helping maintain a healthy blood pressure. The high water content of watermelon is a good source for the fluids essential for staying hydrated on a hot day. Watermelon’s also a good source of lycopene, an antioxidant that may help protect against heart disease and cancer and that may help prevent blindness. Meanwhile, watermelon is low in calories, so have a second slice.

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June 2010


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