Diet: Rather Watermelon or Melon

Rich in antioxidants, watermelon and melon are full of related virtues but nevertheless display their differences. Glycemic index, vitamins, fibers … An update on the health benefits of these star fruits of our summer tables.

On the taste side, some people immediately prefer watermelon for its granite freshness; others swear by the melon and the sweetness of its pulp … On the health side, these large seasonal fruits both have the merit of deliciously hydrating well and are neck and neck in many aspects. But not all. Hence the interest in savoring the benefits of one and the other in full knowledge.

Watermelon: against pounds, water retention and for libido
Sip of water, low in salt. Rightly known for its moisturizing power, watermelon is 92% water. This makes it an ideal fruit to increase hydration when you are reluctant to drink regularly, but also to fight against water retention because it contains almost no sodium.

Light but high GI. With its 34Kcal / 100g associated with its high water content, watermelon is a slimming ally of choice. Especially since its carbohydrate intake is limited to 7g / 100g. However, it displays a rather high Glycemic Index (GI 70): to enjoy its benefits without raising the blood sugar level, it is therefore better to enjoy a nice slice after a meal, for dessert, which will naturally lower its glycemic load, than to snack on it in isolation during the day.

Rich in lycopene. As with the tomato, it is this pigment that gives watermelon its beautiful red color and makes it a fruit very beneficial to health. Powerful antioxidant, lycopene protects against cardiovascular diseases, certain cancers …

Energizing. With a good potassium, calcium and zinc content, watermelon is remineralizing and its richness in citrulline, a particular amino acid, increases the vitality of blood vessels and erectile function.

Melon: for the heart, skin, eyes and transit
Cleverly sweet. A little less watery than watermelon, richer in carbohydrates (10g / 100g) and calories (50kcal / 100g), melon is not the enemy of the line because its high fiber slows the assimilation of sugars and endows it with a lower GI. But it is always better to enjoy it with a meal, either as a dessert or as a starter with a green salad to lower the glycemic load. Especially if it is ripe, therefore sweeter.

Rich in beta-carotene. The super-antioxidant pigment that gives carrots their pretty orange hue is also very present in cantaloupe melon. A preventive weapon against premature cellular aging and cancer, it protects in particular the health of the skin and promotes healing. Home to other specific pigments (lutein and zeaxanthin), melon also protects the eyes from attacks from the sun, blue light, cataracts and AMD.

Ultra-vitamin. Very rich in vitamins C and B and various antioxidants, melon is a friend of the heart. Especially since its high potassium content fights the deleterious effects of sodium and fights against arterial hypertension.

High in fiber, but also in Fodmaps. Much richer in fiber than watermelon, melon nourishes the intestinal microbiota and gently activates transit. But it is also richer in Fodmaps. These carbohydrates, which are difficult for the small intestine to digest, can cause gas, bloating and pain in some ultra-sensitive people.