July is National Watermelon Month

29 July, 2009 (15:19)


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RECIPES: Watermelon Muffins, Fire and Ice Salsa, Watermelon Fruit Slush

By Rae Udy

In 2007 the House of Representatives and the Senate both voted unanimously to designate July as National Watermelon Month but its not too late to celebrate throughout the summer.
Watermelon is an important part of our agriculture industry, is grown in 49 of our 50 States and is a national summer favorite for generations were some of the reasons listed in the resolution.
The many health benefits of watermelon comprised over half of the resolutions content. Go to http://www.nationalwatermelonassociation.com/july_designated.php to read the complete text.
Watermelon has no fat, is cholesterol free and is an excellent source of vitamins C, A and B6. One cup provides 21 percent of the recommended daily value for vitamin C and 18 percent for A and contains only 46 calories. It is also a great source of fiber and potassium.
http://www.watermelon.org/watermelon_nutrition.asp
Lycopene is an antioxidant found only in a few red plant foods and has been shown to reduce the risk of certain cancers, such as cancers of the prostate, lung and stomach.
Recent studies show watermelon contains more lycopene than any other fresh fruit or vegetables, even tomatoes.
Watermelon Muffins are great for breakfast or a late-night snack, Fire and Ice Salsa is a different and delicious hot sauce perfect for lunch and serve Watermelon Fruit Slush for a nutritious treat or light summer dessert.

http://www.nationalwatermelonassociation.com/july_designated.php
http://health.learninginfo.org/nutrition-facts/watermelon.htm

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