Watermelon and strawberries are great health food choices for a refreshing summer snack. Not only are a great way to hydrate your body but according to Associated Content.com, they are packed with some of the most important antioxidants in nature!
Watermelon has the highest percentage of water than any other fruit at approx 90 %! For those who can’t stand the taste of water, this could be an excellent alternative. Watermelon is also an excellent source of Vitamins C and A. Just 1 cup of watermelon contains 24% of your daily value of Vitamin C, and 11% of Vitamin A. These essential vitamins have been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, asthma, colon cancer and some forms of arthritis. So enjoy a fresh a refreshing slice, maybe two and improve your health.
Oranges as you may know, are considered a main source of Vitamin C. What you may not know is that strawberries are packed with this essential vitamin; 136% of your daily value to be exact. Vitamin C protects your body specifically the skin and gums from diseases such as scurvy. More recently, Vitamin C deficiency has been found to be a factor in diseases such as cardiovascular disease, certain cancers, joint diseases and cataracts. You don’t always have to grab and orange or those not-so-tasty Vitamin C tablets. A delicious strawberry will do the trick and then some.
It has been a hot summer. We need refreshing healthy choices for snacks. While you are making your fruit salad this summer, make sure to include these fruits and enjoy a healthy summer!
The World’s Healthiest Foods; The George Mateljan Foundation: 2001-2009
Why Eating Watermelon is Good for Your Health, by: Angela Coleman May 19, 2008