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Why Should You Eat Watermelon Everyday?

This weeks Futuristic Friday post we are looking at one of the most important things in the future. Your health! This article is packed full of interesting tidbits that explain how eating watermelon everyday can have a positive impact on your future self. Enjoy! – National Watermelon Association

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Experts recommend that increasing consumption of watermelons can decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease! One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrate (including 9 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber) and 1 gram of fiber. Some health benefits of watermelons are they help prevent asthma, prevent cancer, reduce risk of blood pressure, reduce inflammation and are great for the skin.

Benefits of Watermelon

For all watermelon lovers, here’s the good news. Experts recommend that increasing consumption of watermelons can decrease the risk of obesity, diabetes and heart disease! One cup of diced watermelon (152 grams) contains 43 calories, 0 grams of fat, 2 grams of sodium, 11 grams of carbohydrate (including 9 grams of sugar and 1 gram of fiber) and 1 gram of fiber. Also, the National Watermelon promotion Board states that watermelons contain more lycopene than any other fruit or vegetable. Have a look at all the health benefits of watermelon due to which you should consider consuming this delicious fruit everyday:

Asthma Prevention

So, your risks of developing an asthma can maximize if you’re not consuming enough nutrients, especially Vitamin C. Hence consuming this fruit can help increase your nutrient intake.

Cancer

Watermelons are an excellent source of antioxidants and can help combat the formation of free radicals that are the cause of cancer. Lycopene intake, for example, has been linked to a decreased risk of prostate cancer prevention in several studies.

Blood Pressure

According to the American Journal of Hypertension, watermelons are known to reduce blood pressure of middle-aged adults with hypertension. The study also showed that watermelon consumption improved arterial function.

Inflammation

Watermelons contain choline which alleviate chronic inflammation. This vital nutrient aids in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. It also helps in the transmissions of nerve impulses, maintains the structure of cellular membrane and helps in the absorption of fat.

Skin

It’s a food for great skin! Watermelons contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.

Edited by Pragya Sharoff

Member Monday: Nunhems USA Helps Growers Become Members

Watermelon farmers are the lifeblood of the National Watermelon Association.  Without their dedication to the soil there would not be a need for the Association.  Thankfully though, there are those that have the diligence and the fortitude to urge little sprouts to grow into the developed vines that bear us so much fruit.

That being said, it is imperative that we draw more growers into our Association so that we can share with them all the tools that we have to offer.  With new laws, disease pressures and other adversities, the National Watermelon Association can and does help growers face them with their best foot forward.

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Bayer Vegetable Seeds (Nunhems) understands how important growers are, that’s why they have chosen to fund first year membership to eligible watermelon farmers who aren’t members of our great association yet. By partnering with the Association, Bayer is opening the door to this possibility for growers.  Having the ability to show growers that we are there for them will be beneficial for all in the long run.

We would like to officially welcome four new grower members who have taken advantage of this unique opportunity. Gary Cecil from Owensboro Kentucky has joined the Illiana watermelon Association. Greg Wright from Byers, Colorado, and Gerardo Alberto Flores Cavazos from Mexico have both joined the Texas Watermelon Association. Galen Crawford from Ontario, Oregon is now a member of the Western Watermelon Association. We are thankful that these watermelon growers and their family businesses have joined our watermelon family and will begin to benefit from the member services that the Association offers to them, all through the work and support from Bayer Vegetable Seeds (Nunhems) generosity.

Members:  If you know of a watermelon grower that is NOT a member of our association, please share this opportunity with them. The more members that we have, the stronger that we will become as individuals and as an association. When we are stronger, we can do more to help our members and the National Watermelon Association.

Opening the doors to new avenues of communication

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As we open the door to the new office of the National Watermelon Association in Lakeland, we are also opening new avenues in communication with you, our members. Our website (http://www.nationalwatermelonassociation.com/)  and the Vineline magazine have been the official vehicles for our communication in the past, but in the coming months we hope to engage you in conversation with us on several other social media sites.

This WordPress blog will provide us with a means of informing you regularly of those issues that affect your business and your industry. We will include you in conversations we have with elected officials, alert you to the latest legislation regarding issues that affect watermelon production and distribution, and inform you of the latest developments in production research and disease prevention and discovery.

Our presence on Facebook will provide you with an opportunity to communicate with us and with other Association members. The Twitter account will alert you to breaking news as well as facilitate activities at our National Convention in La Quinta, California in February. (By the way, you won’t want to miss that fabulous event. We are working to make sure that it is the best convention yet! Online registration is live on our website!)

We look forward to having a presence on Instagram by February as well. This will give us all the opportunity to see the professional photos taken throughout the convention on a daily basis!

As you can see, we are busy opening many new doors. Nevertheless, the traditional programs we treasure will remain and perhaps even grow stronger than ever. Our chapter Queens will have the opportunity on Instagram to share photos and experiences from some of the highlights of their year.

So, take a deep breath with me and welcome in the breeze that the new year has in store for us all at the National Watermelon Association.

Nicole Schrader

Team Member, Lakeland, Florida