The watermelon is a 'nutritional award-winner'

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Washington, June 16 : Dig into that cool slice of watermelon with gusto, say nutrition experts, for the fruit is an excellent source of vitamins.

Boffins at UT Southwestern Medical Center revealed that with one 2-cup serving of diced watermelon containing loads of vitamins A and C, no fat and only 80 calories, the fruit was a sure winner in the health category.

What makes it even better is that it's packed with lycopene, an antioxidant which may aid in the prevention of cancer and cardiovascular disease.

"Watermelon is a great fruit to help you hydrate and cool down in the summer heat," said Lona Sandon, assistant professor of clinical nutrition at UT Southwestern and a spokesperson for the American Dietetic Association.

"Also, since it's mostly made up of water, pureed watermelon makes a refreshing drink."

ANI

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