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  • Watermelon - Heck, I didn't know it was good for me!

    No matter how you slice it, watermelon has a lot going for it -- sweet, low calorie, high fiber, nutrient rich -- and now, there's more. Evidence from a pilot study led by food scientists at The Florida State University suggests that watermelon can be an effective natural weapon against prehypertension, a precursor to cardiovascular disease.

    It is the first investigation of its kind in humans. FSU Assistant Professor Arturo Figueroa and Professor Bahram H. Arjmandi found that when six grams of the amino acid L-citrulline/L-arginine from watermelon extract was administered daily for six weeks, there was improved arterial function and consequently lowered aortic blood pressure in all nine of their prehypertensive subjects (four men and five postmenopausal women, ages 51-57).


    More at http://www.brightsurf.com/news/headl..._pressure.html
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    • #3
      Cool problem is watermelon season is over here.

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      • #4
        "....wish ah had a watermelon...."
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        • #5
          Jeff,

          While watermelon has all of the positive qualities that you mention, for those with diabetes it is surprisingly high on the glycemic scale, right up there with baked potatoes, white bread, and white rice. I found this to be counterintuitive, as most fruits are much lower on the scale, but it is the truth, so with the increasing number of Americans at risk to diabetes we all should be aware of this.

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          • #6
            I never really liked watermelon although I helped steal my share of them in my misspent youth. My buddies would cut'm open (although it was more fun to bust'm open) and eat them hot right out of the field. YUCK!!!
            The only way I can enjoy them at all is really REALLY cold and have the salt shaker firmly in hand for every bite!
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            • #7
              Originally posted by LeanotLee View Post
              I never really liked watermelon although I helped steal my share of them in my misspent youth. My buddies would cut'm open (although it was more fun to bust'm open) and eat them hot right out of the field. YUCK!!!
              The only way I can enjoy them at all is really REALLY cold and have the salt shaker firmly in hand for every bite!
              John
              John,

              My wife loves salt on her watermelon too, I think it just destroys it. Back in the day, an ice cold watermelon spiked with vodka or rum would liven up a picnic. Ah, to be young....
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              • #8
                Oh yeah! Watermelon+large syringe+quart of vodka=a party. We also injected oranges...
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                • #9
                  along the same lines...a jar of everclear+a bunch of berries+2 months maturation, cut with ginger ale and consume...(did we have a party?)
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by joea View Post
                    Cool problem is watermelon season is over here.
                    What?!? It's always watermelon season. The stores still have them down here -- come on down and get a bite!

                    Until you get one, enjoy this one:

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                    • #11
                      I like a spiked watermelon slushie.

                      Blend watermelon, simple syrup, vodka and ice.

                      Or you can use orange juice instead of vodka for the kiddies.
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                      • #12
                        Salt on watermelon? Interesting.

                        Lance how does canteloupe rate on the glycemic scale?
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Gixxer86g View Post
                          Salt on watermelon? Interesting.

                          Lance how does canteloupe rate on the glycemic scale?
                          Its better than watermelon, but in my mind still higher than I would have thought. On a scale of 0-100 it is a 65 or medium high, watermelon is 72. Here's a link for some common foods.

                          http://nutritiondata.self.com/topics...-index#satiety
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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by jose50 View Post
                            along the same lines...a jar of everclear+a bunch of berries+2 months maturation, cut with ginger ale and consume...(did we have a party?)
                            Yeah, everclear in the fruit. I remember using a soaked pineapple chunk lit on a fork like a tiki torch.
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