Strawberries and watermelon are both tasty fruits that provide our body with nutrients that we need on a daily basis. They are some of the most favorite fruits that people love to eat and garnish lavishly. Strawberries or Watermelons which one is healthier for the body? They both offer nutrients and positive reasons why people would eat either one. This paper will look at the difference in the health improvements linked to eating strawberries as compared to the health improvements when eating watermelon. Which one is better depends on what nutrients you are looking to receive.
According to research, strawberries have unique phenol properties present in them that have many health benefits such as heart protective benefits; anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory benefits (Dvorkin). Strawberries are a good source of vitamins – Vitamin C; Manganese; Fiber; Folate; Magnesium; Copper and Vitamins B5/B6 (Dvorkin). The heart-shaped silhouette of the strawberry is the first clue that this fruit is good for you. Strawberries protect your heart, work to increase HDL – good cholesterol; lowers blood pressure; and has properties that guard against cancer; along with being the most popular berry fruit in the world now (Gabrick).
Throughout history, strawberries have been used in medicines to help with digestive ailments; to help with teeth whitening and improve skin irritations. The fiber and fructose content of strawberries also help regulate healthy levels of blood sugar levels by slowing the digestive process and using fiber in a satiating way (Lewin). All of these good qualities associated with strawberries is due to the fact that they are rich in colorful pigments that have a protective effect; known as anthocyanins that are thought to have a number of different health benefits including the prevention of inflammatory conditions and heart disease (Lewin).
On the contrary, watermelons also possess nutrients that are needed for good health, such as being high in Vitamins C, A, B1, and B6. One cup of watermelon contains only about 48 calories; that is due to the fruit being 92% water, making it ideal to quench thirst (Dvorkin).
Watermelon has a high glycemic index, a term associated with quick rises in blood sugar after a food is consumed. The higher the number, the faster the rise in blood sugar (Fernstrom). Watermelon’s glycemic index is around 75 out of 100 (Fernstrom).
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like watermelon decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease (Ware). Other benefits associated with watermelon include healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight (Ware). Just as there are good things associated with watermelons there are times that too much vitamins can cause issues. With watermelons, eating too much vitamin C, which is abundant in watermelon, can cause symptoms such as diarrhea or gastrointestinal discomfort. Watermelons also contain lycopene, which can produce those symptoms as well. These symptoms are only normally seen when excessive intake is from supplements, not food (Ware).
Another negative vitamin associated with watermelons is potassium. Potassium levels are another consideration, too much might lead to complications such as hyperkalemia which causes an abnormal heart rhythm and can be dangerous. Again, complications are most often due to excessive supplement intake. Overall, watermelon can be consumed safely with little risk (Ware).
In conclusion, strawberries and watermelons are tasty delicious fruits that offer many benefits from the vitamins that are packed within them. Strawberries offer more benefits with less negative side effects of eating them as compared to watermelons. Research has shown that both fruits are good for the body as long as moderate consumption of them is maintained. With watermelons, too much of a good thing can cause negative side effects. So, eat up and enjoy strawberries and watermelons and allow nature to take care of your body.