Dr. Olga Korabliova, a Russian nutrition expert, revealed which watermelon is more beneficial for health, red or yellow.
In an interview with the Russian RIA Novosti news agency, the expert points out the differences between red and yellow watermelon, and which one contains more calories and vitamins necessary for the body.
She says, "100 grams of yellow watermelon (cantaloupe) contains 35 kilo calories, while red watermelon contains only 25 kilo calories. Yellow watermelon feels fuller because it contains a greater amount of dietary fiber necessary for the proper and regular functioning of the intestine, especially as it cleans The body and prove the level of cholesterol. 100 grams of yellow watermelon contains 0.9 grams of dietary fiber, while red watermelon contains only about 0.4 grams. (An adult person needs 25-30 grams of dietary fiber per day)."
According to her, 100 grams of yellow watermelon contains 36 milligrams of vitamin С, while in red watermelon it is only about 8 milligrams. This means that 200 grams of yellow watermelon can be eaten to cover the daily need of the body of this vitamin, which is estimated for an adult human being 70-100 milligrams. This vitamin is necessary for the immune system, helps the absorption of iron, and positively affects the skin.
The expert adds, "Red watermelon contains lycopene, the substance that gives it its red color. This substance is an antioxidant and reduces the risk of developing atherosclerosis and heart disease. There are studies whose results indicate that lycopene reduces the level of depression, anxiety and even joint pain."
According to her, however, it is not possible to say definitively which one is more beneficial for health, and she says, "The two contain vitamins and minerals such as magnesium, potassium and manganese. But the most important thing is to eat any food in moderation, so one serving should not exceed 200 grams, as in these In the case, the red watermelon does not become a diuretic and the yellow watermelon will not have a laxative effect, and then the body will get the maximum benefit from them.”