The name “watermelon” is actually the most accurate when it comes to this fruit because it is literally consisted out of 98% water.
This fruit contains high levels of vitamin A, potassium, magnesium, vitamin C and other important nutrients.
You may just eat the inside of this fruit which is delicious but you may be forgetting one other very nutrient dense part and that is the peel or the watermelon “shell”.
This tasteless, green and hard part of the watermelon fruit can provide other benefits for you if you consume it right. You should know that that part is also edible and contains high amounts of vitamin B6, A and C, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
The rind also contains lycopene which is a very powerful antioxidant and it is consisted almost 95% in the rind. After this you will surely realize that you should not throw away this part of the watermelon.
Watermelon Peels Benefits
The watermelon peels contain citrulline that is an amino acid that is very good for the muscles. It helps in strengthening the muscles and gaining muscle mass and with the combination of the abundant water in this fruit it makes a wonderful combo for fitness goals, weight loss and muscle gain.
The peel contains a lot of fiber too and it can make you feel more satiated. The citrulline can also reduce anxiety and depression symptoms and can relax and soothe the nerves. It can also have a diuretic effect that can reduce water retention and help you expel toxins much faster than usual. It can also balance the cholesterol levels and blood pressure.
Of course, you are now wondering how to eat this part of the watermelon in order to reap the benefits. You need to cut the shell in very small chunks that are edible for you and add it to smoothies and salads of your own choosing. Just make the right combination of ingredients and you can have a delicious and healthy meal.