It is 10 am in Delhi, India and already 42 degree Celsius. The heat wave is unbearable. When temperatures are so hot and humid, the residents here turn to drinks that are cooling. One of them is Watermelon juice.
Watermelon is one the best diuretic available in the fruit world. The next being cranberries. Made up of 92 percent water and full of important electrolytes, it is a good thirst quencher during summer. The “Juiceman’s Power of Juicing” states that when you understand the benefits of watermelon juice, you can fully appreciate what is called the “juice advantage”. The reason being watermelon rind, both the green and white parts are very nutritious. They contain Vitamin A, potassium and zinc. Zinc is helpful in fighting impotency. It strengthens the body so that they are less susceptible to hernias and it cleanses the urogenital canal, as well as the kidneys and bladder while contributing to a healthy prostrate.
One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains:
0 grams of fat
2 milligrams of sodium
11 grams of carbohydrate (including 9 grams of sugar)
1 gram of fiber
One cup of watermelon will provide the following percentage of daily vitamins:
17 percent of vitamin A
21 percent of vitamin C
2 percent of iron
1 percent of calcium
Watermelon Juice Recipe
1 small watermelon, approximately 500 gms – preferably cold
1/2 small lime, juiced
Salt to taste
Chaat masala* (as per taste) (optional) – available at Indian groceries stores
Cut and deseed the watermelon in chunks.
Add to a blender along with juice from 1/2 a lime, salt and chaat masala (if using).
Notes: Chaat masala is a tangy, spicy spice blend which consists of dried mango powder, black salt, cumin powder and chilli powder. Recipe will be posted soon.
References: The Juiceman’s Power of Juicing book by Jay Kordich