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It’s National Watermelon Day!

Posted Aug 03 2010 10:32am

Today, my friends, is National Watermelon Day!

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Watermelon is a great source of vitamins A and C, Potassium, fiber and the antioxidant Lycopene.  Lycopene, also found in tomatoes, may reduce the risk of many cancers including colorectal, stomach, pancreatic, prostate and cervical. A University of Manchester study showed that subjects who ate a lycopene-rich diet had a 33% percent lower risk of getting sunburned. Watermelon also has a very high water content, which can help keep us hydrated on hot days. No wonder we love eating watermelon in the summer!

Article: Lycopene Sun Shield from DOLE Nutrition News Desk

.Watermelon is a great addition to your fruit salads, fresh salsas, smoothies or popsicles. You can even grill watermelon–an American Dietetic Association article suggests caramelizing slices of watermelon on the grill, then drizzling with honey, lime and a pinch of salt–sounds delicious!

Celebrate National Watermelon Day from the American Dietetic Association

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How will you celebrate National Watermelon Day? My parents and I have decided to bring watermelon to their neighborhood’s annual Desert Social tonight–how’s that for a nutritionist’s contribution? :P

http://www.dole.com/NutritionInstituteLanding/NI_Articles/NI_NutritionNewsDesk/NI_NutritionNewsDesk_Details/tabid/990/Default.aspx?contentid=6090

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