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15th July 2010



3ed August is National Watermelon Day

Watermelons pack a mighty nutrient punch


Despite being 92% water, these heavyweights not only pack a vitamin and mineral punch, but are also rich in carotenoids and contain amino acids.

Included in the count are vitamins A, C, B6, Zinc, Copper, Phosphorus, Magnesium and Potassium, amino acids such as citrulline and arginine which help maintain the arteries and carotenoids such as lycopene, beta-carotene and lutein.

Lycopene, a powerful antioxidant which blocks the action of free radicals that can damage cells, makes up the majority of the carotenoids in watermelon. Scientific studies have identified lycopene as having the potential to help combat medical conditions including heart attacks and strokes and  have found a lower risk of cancer among people who eat lycopene-rich diets.

As eating lycopene-rich foods together with a small amount of oil or fat  increases the amount of lycopene absorbed by the intestines, below is a recipe for a refreshing summer starter which pairs watermelon and goats cheese in a honey-citrus dressing courtesy of


Written by Florence Sandeman, Publisher



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Definition of  “Carotenoids”   A widely distributed group of naturally occurring pigments, usually red, orange or yellow in colour. They are thought to be associated with reduced risk of several chronic health disorders including some forms of cancer, heart disease and eye degeneration.



Definition of  "antioxidant"   A substance that prevents damage caused by free radicals. Free radicals are highly reactive chemicals that often contain oxygen. They are produced when molecules are split to give products that have unpaired electrons. This process is called oxidation.  



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Watermelon and Goats Cheese Salad

with a honey citrus dressing

Courtesy of


3rd August is National Watermelon Day.  This refreshing starter is an unusual way to use fresh watermelons which are in season now.  It's packed with vitamins and minerals and each serving supplies 2 of the recommend 5-A-Day.


For a more substantial non-vegetarian starter, serve with a couple of wafer thin slices of Parma ham.


Serves 2

Prep time: 15 minutes




For the dressing

2 tbsp Honey

4 tbsp Fresh Orange Juice

4 tbsp Olive Oil

Salt and Pepper

Other ingredients

450g/1lb Watermelon Flesh, deseeded and cubed (about 900g/2lb with rind)

100g/4oz Chevre, cut into small cubes

A large handful of Watercress




1. Place the dressing ingredients in a large mixing bowl and whisk together until well blended.


2. Add the watermelon, goats cheese and watercress and toss gently to coat well.


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