National Watermelon Promotion Board

National Watermelon Promotion Board

August 04, 2005 09:06 ET

Eat your way to a cooler you!

Eating watermelon preserves healthy hydration in summer heat Attention: Assignment Editor, City Editor, Food/Beverage Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor MISSISSAUGA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Aug. 4, 2005) - As Ontario continues to languish in record setting extreme heat it is important to reinforce the need to stay hydrated. Beyond water and juices, look to foods such as watermelon that have a high water content.

Traditionally, Ontario's average highs for August can range anywhere from 22°C in Timmins to 27°C in Windsor. Even in these more reasonable temperatures, many people, especially children, need to closely monitor their fluid intake when participating in outdoor sports and activities. A child weighing 60 lb (27 kg) requires approximately 50 oz (1.4 L) of water daily, depending on the intensity of their activity*.

"Providing the body with adequate hydration during any physical activity begins by drinking plenty of liquids, like water," says Registered Dietitian, Pierrette Buklis. "Beyond liquids, watermelon is a great food option and one most kids already love."

Being 92 per cent water, early explorers used watermelons as canteens on their journeys. An inch-thick slice can yield up to a cup of fruit consisting of nearly 8 oz (250 mL) of water. Packing a few cups of cubed watermelon in a travel container makes for a convenient and nutritious source of hydration on the go.

Also, watermelons (per 150 g serving) are a source of vitamin C, pantothenic acid and magnesium, and contain more of the antioxidant lycopene than tomatoes (a 300 g [2 cup] serving of watermelon contains 18.16 mg and one medium-sized tomato contains 4 mg**). Ongoing research around the world is revealing exciting links between the enjoyment of foods high in lycopene and the reduced risk of some chronic diseases.

To avoid unnecessary loss of water, Buklis recommends limiting alcoholic and caffeinated beverages, as these elements work as diuretics that tend to dehydrate the body. For further information on watermelons and hydration, visit the National Watermelon Promotion Board online at watermelon.org.

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* International Bottled Water Association
** USDA Carotinoid Database IN: FOOD, HEALTH

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