Do you remember when water was, well, just plain water? Not anymore! It wasn’t enough to have carbonated water or water with a hint of citrus; now there are so-called waters made from fruits, vegetables, nuts, and even trees.
Not all of these waters catch on for one reason or another, often having to do with taste, cost, and caloric/nutritional content. Two waters that have been in the news recently as possible “rivals” are watermelon water and coconut water, with the former being the newer kid on the block.
Some people say that coconut water is an acquired taste, which may be one of the big reasons why watermelon water could have an advantage. Watermelon is a common fruit enjoyed by kids of all ages, so its taste is familiar and thus an easier sell to youngsters. The current makers of watermelon water (Wtrmln Wtr and DRINKmelon in the US; What a Melon in the UK) deliver the familiar solo or with just a touch of lemon and nothing more.
Each 8 ounce serving contains about 1.2 pounds of the fruit, which can include either the flesh alone or both the flesh and rind, depending on the brand you buy. Since watermelons are a powerhouse of electrolytes, the water delivers the same. For example, Wtrmln Wtr provides 602 mg electrolytes (potassium, calcium, magnesium) compared with 130 mg in the leading sports drink. This is in addition to the blast of vitamin C along with some fibre and even protein.
One of the best things about watermelon water is that it’s easy to make your own at home. All you need is a small watermelon, 2 limes, and a blender or food processor. Chop the watermelon into one-inch cubes (you can either peel the melon or not; that’s your call), put them in a blender, process them, and squeeze the lime juice in when the juice is nearly ready. All that’s left is to pour and enjoy. Your watermelon water can be used alone or as an ingredient in smoothies or frozen desserts.
Another plus concerning watermelon water is kid appeal. Watermelons are in the top four favourite fruits chosen by children, so getting your kid to enjoy nutritious watermelon water should not be a problem. Watermelon water tends to be a little high in calories (about 80 to 90 per 8 ounces) so you may want to dilute it (some consumers say watermelon water tends to be too sweet) or limit consumption.
Written by Deborah Mitchell. Deborah Mitchell is passionate about personal health and the well-being of animals and the planet. She has authored, coauthored, and ghostwritten more than 40 books, contributes regularly to several websites, and shares information on physical, emotional, and spiritual health on her blog, deborahmitchellbooks.com.
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