Originally, the plan was to make watermelon jelly or jam. Of course, they would be Christmas gifts and I would only taste a little! I am so in love with watermelon, I will even eat it after I get an itchy watermelon-overindulgent-rash! Watermelon is also very healthy! Mark Twain once said, “When one has tasted watermelon, he knows what angels eat.” I can only agree that angels would like watermelon!
- An enzyme in watermelon is more effective when watermelon is eaten alone without sugar or lemon.
- Watermelons strengthen the immune system and help the body in fighting off infection.
- Watermelon is a very concentrated source of the carotenoids which have been credited with cancer-preventing properties.
- Watermelon contains 8.1 mg of vitamin C and 303 mcg of beta-carotene in a 100 g serving
- Watermelon is rich in some of the most important antioxidants.
- Watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetable.
- The lycopene in watermelons help reduce the risk of heart attack.
- Watermelon is also listed by the American Heart Association as one of the best foods for cardiovascular health
- Watermelons alleviates of some of the symptoms of osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.
- Watermelons are rich in potassium, stabilizing blood pressure
- Watermelons may diminish the risk of kidney stones
- Researchers at Texas A&M University believe that some of the nutrients contained in watermelon may deliver Viagra-like benefits to blood vessels and may also increase libido -huh!
- Watermelon juice is a source of B vitamins, helping to regulate metabolism and energy levels.
Watermelon is very low in calories, making it the perfect snack for those who are trying to lose weight. Watermelons have been associated with reducing the airway spasm that occurs in asthma. The beta-carotene present in watermelon helps keeps your vision sharp, especially at night. Watermelons have been linked with easing inflammation and preventing the occurrence of diabetes.
How to make watermelon juice:
Peel watermelon, put red parts in a large pot and smoosh. They say use a potato masher but just wash your hands and dig in! After smooshing, heat over medium for 5 minutes. Smoosh again thoroughly, then use a colander to strain into gallon jug. Repeat until all watermelon is smooshed, heated, smooshed again and strained.
Put jug in fridge:
1. after several hours, it separates! So, if you have to make jelly pour off 2 cups and make jelly (no straining through cheese cloth!)
2. drink the top layer of light refreshing juice and then the bottom layer of a tastier, sweeter juice or stir and drink.
3. theoretically, you should be able to get a few jars out of a gallon and still have enough for juice but it is so very refreshing!
If a cup of watermelon juice is 75 calories, as I read online, a gallon is 16 cups, that’s 1200 calories, over three days that’s 400 a day. But, your energy in increased as is your metabolism and you pee a lot! So, I did not notice any weight gain from this yum but I am considering a watermelon fast. Except last time I got a rash LOL, so for what it’s worth, watermelon is very good for you!