Candy or Watermelon.. Aren't Both Sweets?

Eating Watermelon

Yes, whether you're eating watermelon or candy, your taste buds will most likely interpret the experience as consuming something sweet. But.. that's where the similarities stop. Watermelon is known for its hard green rind, watery red pulp and natural sweetness. The gourd-like fruit has zero fat and no cholesterol; and each slice contains potassium, vitamins A, B6 and C as well as a powerful antioxidant. Lycopene is a naturally occurring red carotene found in the red meat of some fruits and vegetables. Research studies have suggested that as an effective antioxidant, it may even help prevent certain cancers.

Conversely, candy is a junk food that often contains significant amounts of processed sugars. Like many processed foods, candy doesn't have the nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants that support good health. Dentists warn that candy is bad for your teeth and doctors worry about the damage that over consumption can have on the body. Ongoing research suggests that processed sugars may be linked to higher obesity rates and health problems like diabetes and high blood pressure. To make matters worse, food manufacturers who add alternative sweeteners, such as high fructose corn syrup, seem to have no problem with consumers misleading themselves into thinking food products like candy contain less sugar than they really do.

So the next time you or your children have a sweet tooth that needs to be satisfied, why not choose watermelon. It's a heart healthy food, that helps to develop strong bones, boosts the immune system, aids in weight loss, helps neutralize damaging acids and even hydrates the body. To learn more about the benefits of a menu plan where you eat real foods, call or stop by the Metabolic Research Center nearest you. We don't believe in fad diets but we do know how to help you lose lots of weight and keep if off forever.


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