Does Watermelon Build Weight? Dietitian Answered
I think that there is no one who does not like watermelon, which is a favorite of summer months… Watermelon is one of the most produced and consumed fruits in the world and in Turkey. This nutrient has a very important place as it has the opportunity to evaluate from the core to the shell. Apart from its fresh consumption, watermelon can be used as a snack, and in the pharmaceutical and cosmetics industry, it can be used up to the peel.
After China, the most watermelon production is made in Turkey. In this respect, we are very lucky as a country. Watermelon is actually a vegetable belonging to the Citrullus genus within the Cucurbitaceae family plants.
In this article, I answered the question of whether watermelon, one of the favorite fruits of summer, makes you gain weight, in detail, have a pleasant reading!
Does Watermelon Make You Gain Weight?
- 95% of watermelon is water and its nutritional value is hidden in its peel, as in many foods. For this reason, it should be consumed in the whitish part under the red flesh part next to the red flesh part. If we examine the contents of watermelon; It contains 91% carbohydrates, 6% protein, 3% fat.
- It contains plenty of vitamin A, vitamin C, potassium mineral.
- In addition to the known tomatoes, watermelon is also very rich in lycopene. Lycopene is a carotenoid and an antioxidant that is often studied for its anti-inflammatory properties associated with cancer or cardiovascular disease. In other words, watermelon is a food that fights cancer and cardiovascular disease thanks to its lycopene content.
- Every nutrient in nature is very beneficial for us; but everything has to have a balance. Even the water that we know as the most beneficial, which has been proven, can become harmful. Although watermelon is rich in nutrients, too much is unfortunately harmful.
- It is healthier and more beneficial to consume it in certain portions instead of eating plate by plate. One thin crescent-shaped watermelon replaces one serving of fruit. It’s about 90 calories, and most of those calories come from carbohydrates.
- In addition, watermelon is a fruit with a high glycemic index. (The glycemic index is the grouping of carbohydrate-containing foods according to the rate at which they affect blood sugar.) In other words, it quickly raises and lowers blood sugar. Therefore, situations such as rapid hunger and sudden drop in blood sugar may occur. Especially people with health problems such as diabetes, insulin resistance, polycystic ovary disease should consume as little watermelon as possible.
- Excess of each nutrient is stored in the body as fat. Especially the excess of fruit causes belly fat, which we call abdominal fat. Consuming it in the evening & night time after sunset increases this effect even more.
- In short, watermelon can be consumed in portion control.
- It can be a savior in hot summer months because of its high water rate.
- You can consume it alone in intermediate products; you can add it to your salads; You can prepare a balanced meal by adding milk, kefir, ayran, hazelnuts, peanuts, almonds, walnuts, and foods with high protein value such as cheese.
- For example; The watermelon-cheese duo can be ideal for both carbohydrate-protein balance and a longer satiety period.