We’ve covered orange peel, banana skins, and pineapple bits, what about watermelon rind? The most popular part of the watermelon is the pink fruit, but like its cousin, the cucumber, the whole thing is edible.
This includes the green scraps that usually end up in the trash. Finding a use for it also helps cut down on the amount of garbage you produce, so it’s good for the environment as well.
Among other things, the watermelon shell is rich in vitamins A, B6, and C, plus potassium, magnesium, and zinc. All these vitamins and minerals will make your body work better and have more energy. But that’s not all since the shell also has lycopene.
This substance is a powerful antioxidant very effective to protect you from many diseases. So much so, that many have claimed that 95% of the nutritional value of watermelon is in the husk.
Here’s why you should be eating watermelon rind:
It May Make You Better in Bed
No, watermelon rind isn’t nature-powered Viagra, but some research shows that it may help men with mild to moderate erectile dysfunction. Consider spraying your watermelon rind with lemon juice and sprinkling some chili powder on it. These additives also are good for your heart and the other love organ.
Watermelon rind is good for the prostate
Watermelon is good for men’s health (in more way than one!). It contains marked levels of lycopene, antioxidant researchers believe help thwart prostate cancer.
Once again, citrulline comes into play. Studies have shown that consuming citrulline leads to 30 percent less weight gain. The thought is that the citrulline in the rind leads to less muscle fatigue, which therefore allows people to extend the duration of their workouts and, in turn, better manage their weight.
Watermelon peels helps digestion
Another benefit of citrulline is that it reduces anxiety, making you feel satisfied for longer. This substance also has diuretic properties and eliminates excess fluid in the body. In addition, by ingesting the shell of this fruit we increase the defenses of our immune system.
It Can Reduce Your Blood Pressure
If your doctor instructed you to lower your blood pressure, try eating watermelon — rind and all. Some research has shown that watermelon extract supplements are able to help obese adults control their blood pressure.
When you eat the watermelon rinds, not only will be curbing food waste, you’ll be adding nutrition into your diet. The rind contains health-promoting and blood-building chlorophyll, and it also contains citrulline, an amino acid that’s important for heart health and your immune system.