Watermelon

Watermelon

Watermelon or it’s Chinese name Xi Gua Eating watermelon is a great way to stay cool and hydrated during hot weather. One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of sodium, 11 grams of carbs (including 9 grams of sugar) and 1 gram of fiber. One cup of watermelon will provide 17% of vitamin A, 21% of vitamin C, 2% of iron and 1% of Calcium needs for the day. Watermelon also contains thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, pantothenic acid, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc, copper, manganese, selenium, choline, lycopene and betaine. According to the National Watermelon Promotion Board watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Despite being a great source of the above nutrients, watermelon is made up of 92% water. In summer days the scorching sun may make some people feel a variety of symptoms like chest discomfort, low spirits, fatigue, weakness, dizziness, or just feeling thirsty and over heated. Sometimes these symptoms won’t go away if the hot weather continues. In fact, this series of symptoms are caused by the invasion of summer-heat and dampness, according to the theory of traditional Chinese medicine. Watermelon is the perfect for treating and preventing heat stroke or heat exhaustion in the summer. It is traditionally an important ingredient in treating mouth sores, sore throat, tooth infections and cavity pain. All of these conditions can be considered hot in nature. Other hot conditions such as burns, ulcerated sores, and ear infections can also be alleviated by watermelon. Although watermelon is considered extremely safe, it nevertheless should be avoided by people with excess dampness...