Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth With Antioxidant-Rich Watermelon

The summertime treat is low in calories and may help lower blood pressure.

Skip the ice cream and cool off with watermelon instead. At 50 calories per cup, watermelon is a refreshing and healthy way to satisfy sugar cravings. One serving supplies more than one-third of your daily vitamin C requirement and 32 percent of your vitamin A needs in the form of the antioxidant beta-carotene. Vitamin A is necessary for eye health and good vision, a strong immune system and healthy skin. What’s more, watermelon is a rich source of lycopene, an antioxidant that may offer some protection against heart attacks and prostate and colon cancer.

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On average, watermelon has about 40 percent more lycopene than raw tomatoes. The juicy summertime melon also boasts high levels of an amino acid known as citrulline, which helps relax blood vessels and increase circulation. Preliminary research suggests that eating citrulline-rich watermelon could even help lower blood pressure.

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