Watermelons: Who is Useful and Who is Harmful to Eat Delicious Striped Berries

If you ask ten people on the street at once, what berry do they associate with summer? I think eight out of ten people would answer with watermelon. Yes, it is a berry, in case you didn’t know. Let’s try to answer the main questions about watermelons.

Can you eat watermelon in unlimited quantities?

There’s a fairly popular statement that watermelon is 90-something percent water, and therefore contains almost no calories, so it’s safe to eat. But this is far from the case, of course.

According to doctors, for anyone who has no problems with kidneys and metabolism, the maximum amount of watermelon that can be consumed in 24 hours is exactly one kilogram. But it’s no secret that children love to eat watermelons (even more than adults). And for them, the daily dose should not exceed plus or minus three hundred grams. And, of course, you shouldn’t forget about the general body reaction. And, if eating watermelon causes a powerful diuretic effect, then, of course, you need to eat less watermelon.

Why you shouldn’t eat watermelon at night

As part of, so to speak, a nighttime binge, watermelon should not be eaten primarily by those who have been diagnosed with kidney disease or women at different stages of pregnancy.

The rest of the milder prohibitions against eating watermelon at night are:

  • intolerance – up to and including allergies;
  • breastfeeding;
  • prostate adenoma;
  • pathology of the digestive tract.

Why watermelon is good for women

It’s hard to argue that watermelon is full of beneficial properties, but for the fair sex, this giant berry is a real find.

First of all, folic acid helps. True, for pregnant and lactating women, it is still better to consult a doctor before eating watermelon furiously.

Furthermore, watermelon is otherwise well-suited as a cosmetic product. There are dozens and hundreds of different recipes for masks and wraps based on watermelon juice and pulp.

And, experts say, a watermelon diet in certain cases gives a good result. Especially, so to speak, if you organize so-called fasting days for the body. On average, a couple of days a week, you can eat one and a half kilograms of watermelon pulp per day – naturally, with a minimum of other food. And as a result, this will help you lose a couple of extra pounds, arrange a “restart” of the digestive tract, etc.

Why watermelon is good for men

The striped berry contains a lot of magnesium. And it is especially useful for the “strong” sex. What does magnesium do? Well, simply put, it restores mineral balance and helps the body to absorb any liquids at an accelerated rate. And this, in turn, gives a good kick to the cardiovascular and nervous systems (plus the gastrointestinal system). On average, a man needs to eat no more than two or three slices of watermelon to get the daily dose of magnesium into his body.

What does watermelon treat?

This berry has long been known as an excellent diuretic. And, in certain cases, it can be used as a means of preventing gallstones in humans. Further, sometimes watermelon helps as a thing that removes inflammation and starts the process of flushing the body. And very rarely, under strict medical supervision, it is sometimes recommended for people suffering from gout to eat it for a much milder course of the disease.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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