Fruit Spotlight: Watermelons

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History

The Watermelon War

The History Guy: History Deserves to Be Remembered
Published on Jun 10, 2017

The History Guy remembers the war over a slice of watermelon. It is history that deserves to be remembered.

The History Guy uses images that are in the Public Domain. As photographs of actual events are often not available, I will sometimes use photographs of similar events or objects for illustration.

There is an interesting analysis of Ran Runnels and the Isthmus Guard here:

10 Fascinating Facts About Watermelons – YouTube

Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes whataboutwatermelon.com
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Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes

watermelon-varietiesA Watermelon is a Watermelon, Right?

Did you know that there are hundreds of different watermelon varieties enjoyed daily.

When picking a watermelon from your local fruit and vegetable market the only decision you will need to make is the size. Many small markets only offer one type of watermelon. This has led us to believe that there is only one type although just like apples, watermelons come in a number of varieties.

Globally 200 to 300 different varieties of watermelon are accounted for although only 50 of these are enjoyed regularly. Of the 300 varieties it is no surprise that the most loved are on the sweeter side of the scale…

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Watermelon Varieties – Common Types and Their Tastes

watermelon-varietiesA Watermelon is a Watermelon, Right?

Did you know that there are hundreds of different watermelon varieties enjoyed daily.

When picking a watermelon from your local fruit and vegetable market the only decision you will need to make is the size. Many small markets only offer one type of watermelon. This has led us to believe that there is only one type although just like apples, watermelons come in a number of varieties.

Globally 200 to 300 different varieties of watermelon are accounted for although only 50 of these are enjoyed regularly. Of the 300 varieties it is no surprise that the most loved are on the sweeter side of the scale.

Contents [hide]

1 Differentiating Between Watermelons
1.1 A Seeded watermelon –
1.2 A Seedless Watermelon –
1.3 A Miniature Watermelon –
1.4 An Orange or Yellow Watermelon –
2 Cousins of the Watermelon
3 Watermelon Dictionary – 26 Varieties of Watermelon
3.1 Amarillo Watermelons
3.2 Bijou Watermelons
3.3 Black Diamond Watermelons
3.4 Calsweet (Bush) Watermelons
3.5 Captivation Watermelons
3.6 Charleston Grey Watermelons
3.7 Crimson Sweet Watermelons
3.8 Estrella Watermelons
3.9 Exclamation Watermelons
3.10 Excursion Watermelons
3.11 Fascination Watermelons
3.12 Harvest Moon Watermelons
3.13 Jamboree Watermelons
3.14 Jubilee Watermelons
3.15 Kingman Watermelons
3.16 Melody Watermelons
3.17 Moon and Stars (Red) Watermelon
3.18 Sangria Watermelons
3.19 Sugar Baby Watermelons (Garden Baby)
3.20 Sweet Dawn Watermelons
3.21 Sweet Gem Watermelons
3.22 Sweet Polly Watermelon
3.23 Syngenta Watermelon
3.24 Traveler Watermelon
3.25 Triple Treat Watermelon
3.26 Yellow Doll/Baby Watermelon
Differentiating Between Watermelons
We tend to use five different terms to differentiate between watermelon varieties. These five terms refer to the characteristics of the melon rather than the direct variety. This allows us to combine multiple watermelon varieties under one category. The five terms used to describe watermelons are:

A Seeded watermelon –
Used to describe a basic watermelon that is round or oblong and weighs between 15 t0 45 pounds. These watermelons contains noticeable black seeds.

A Seedless Watermelon –
Hybrid watermelons that are the most popular due to their seedless nature. These watermelons are generally around the 15 pound mark. Seedless watermelons often have small and easily edible white seeds.

Some varieties of watermelon that fall into this category include:

Crimson
Bijou
Jack of Hearts
King of Hearts
Millionaire
Nova
Queen of Hearts
Trio
A Miniature Watermelon –
The smaller variety of watermelons that has a thin rind.

Watermelon varieties such as the Sugar Baby and the Tiger Baby fall under this category.

An Orange or Yellow Watermelon –
Varieties of watermelon that lack lycopene often fall under the orange or yellow watermelon category.

Some watermelon varieties that fall under this category include:

Desert King
Tender-gold
Yellow Baby
Yellow Doll..”

“…Amarillo Watermelons..”

Yellow Watermelon Taste Test. / Mikayla Watermelon … – YouTube

Square watermelons Japan. English version – YouTube

Growing

How to Grow Watermelon – YouTube

Watermelon Types for Short Growing Season, Short Space – YouTube

CaliKim29 Garden & Home DIY
Published on May 20, 2014
Want to grow watermelon but have a short growing season or are short on space? Here are two varieties of watermelons that will work for you!

Watermelon Growing. How to plant, grow and harvest … – YouTube

Picking

How Do You Know When Watermelons Are Ripe? – YouTube

HOW TO PICK A PERFECT WATERMELON! – YouTube

Cutting

Awesome Way to Cut Watermelon – YouTube

9 WATERMELON HACKS AND WAYS TO CUT from Mr … – YouTube

How to Cut and Seed Melons – YouTube

Health Benefits

Top 10 Health Benefits of Eating Watermelon | Amazing … – YouTube

Diabetes – Watermelon Board watermelon.org
‘…Watermelon is a great inclusion in the diabetic diet. It is a source of vitamins, such as vitamins A and C; minerals, such as potassium; and fiber. It’s low in calories, since 92% of watermelon is just good-for-you water, so it’s a great way to satisfy a sweet tooth without overindulging in excess sugar and calories.

Granted, watermelon has a high glycemic index (GI) score of 72, but this natural, unprocessed fruit remains a healthful food because of another factor called the “glycemic load.” This factor compares a food’s GI score with the amount of calories and carbs in the food,. The glycemic load is a much better indicator of a food’s ability to prevent or contribute to disease, since a food that has a large amount of carbs AND dramatically raises blood sugar levels obviously increases the chances of weight gain more than a food that might temporarily raise blood sugar levels, but has few calories. For example, a potato has a high glycemic score and it packs a bunch of carbs, while watermelon has a high GI score, but few calories or carbs. The former will increase the chances of those extra calories being funneled into fat cells, but watermelon just fills you up, without filling you out. (Ever hear of anyone getting fat on watermelon? Not!)..”

*see Health: How to “fight” Diabetes? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com/

Watermelon – The World’s Healthiest Foods whfoods.com

“..These cyclists were participating in 15.5-mile time trial on a mountainous course and they consumed about one quart of watermelon puree every 15 minutes while riding in the trial. (A control group of riders consumed a sports beverage containing a similar level of total carbs.) The researchers determined that the antioxidant capacity in the riders’ bloodstreams was significantly increased post-exercise through consumption of the watermelon puree. ..

between 3–6 cups of watermelon juice per day over a period of several weeks. What the researchers found was a steady and well-maintained level of citrulline in the bloodstream of the participants, yet an increased level of arginine. They concluded from these findings that citrulline from the watermelon juice had undergone conversion into arginine, while still leaving plenty of citrulline to stabilize blood levels in the study participants. This conversion provides us with even more evidence for watermelon as a fruit that can lower our risk of high blood pressure and type 2 diabetes since arginine deficiency—especially chronic moderate or temporarily serve deficiency—has been linked to increase risk of both health problems. ..”

Health Benefits of Watermelon – YouTube

Watermelon Has Plenty of Health Benefits

Health Alert: Watermelon could be summer super-food post … – YouTube

Fruit Break – Nutritional Benefits Of Water Melon – Tips For … – YouTube

Health benefits of Watermelon that make it Perfect Summer Fruit

Healthy eating – 5 Amazing Health Benefits Of Watermelon Seeds
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uf5QImeeQ2Q
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Watermelon Island! (Watermelon DETOX)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BB5xbw7cKTA
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Fast Food: “Healthiest: Lowest Sodium Items”

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Low-Sodium Menu Items at Fast-Food Restaurants Sara Ipatenco livestrong.com
“…since too much sodium increases your risk of heart attack and stroke, limit your consumption to 1,500 milligrams or less per day, the American Heart Association recommends. Fortunately, you have options that let you eat a fast-food meal without consuming an unhealthy amount of sodium…”

10 healthy meals to order at fast food chains March 8, 2017, 5:39 PM CST / Source: TODAY By Keri Glassman, R.D. today.com

“…1. Burger King: Original Whopper Jr. without mayo.

If you’re craving a burger, don’t go for the salad! You’ll just end up eating large fries next to it. Instead, go for this smaller version of the classic burger and keep it simple. Yes, it has 390 mg of sodium, which is definitely not low, but it’s also a whole lot less compared to the other burgers on the menu that have upwards of 1250 mg! Also, since it also has only 160 calories, feel free to order a side salad with it…”

Low Sodium Fast Food: Your Best Options fastfoodmenuprices.com
“..Many popular fast food joints have started catering to the health community – including things like gluten-free, dairy-free, and heart-healthy items on their menus such as fruits, veggies, and grilled or baked meats. Luckily, low sodium foods are also being offered as part of the movement.

So before you write off your favorite fast food joints because you’re on a low sodium diet, check out the list below…

If you play your cards right, there are plenty of options on the McDonald’s menu that remain under 500 mg of sodium, including:

Breakfast:

• Scrambled Eggs (2) at 180 mg
• Fruit & Yogurt Parfait at 80 mg
• Cinnamon Melts at 370 mg
• Fruit & Maple Oatmeal at 160 mg
• Hash Browns at 310 mg…”

20 Best Low-Sodium Fast Food Orders, According to Dietitians By Perri O. Blumberg
January 9, 2019
“…“The FDA considers a food product ‘low-sodium’ if it contains 140 milligrams of sodium or less per serving; however, it isn’t realistic for fast-food entrées to go that low,” advises Ysabel Montemayor, MS, RD, lead nutritionist at Fresh n’ Lean, a healthy meal delivery service. “With that being said, [if you’re looking for low sodium fast food], I’d choose items that are less than 20 percent of the FDA’s 2,300-milligrams daily value (DV) recommendation based on a 2,000 calorie diet.” That comes out to 460 milligrams of sodium per serving…

Subway’s 6″ Veggie Delite…

Chick-fil-A’s 8-count Grilled Chicken Nuggets


Taco Bell’s Fresco Crunchy Taco with Beef


Arby’s Jalapeño Roast Beef Slider (Without Cheese)

… 20. Panera’s ½ Napa Almond Chicken Salad Sandwich + ½ Seasonal Greens Salad…

Can I Eat Low Sodium at Panera Bread? hackingsalt.com
“…Salads operate the same way as sandwiches, you need to stay at a half salad to get a lower sodium option. Also remember these counts are not including the dressing. The Strawberry Poppyseed & Chicken Salad is the best choice. You can even eat a whole salad for only 300 mg. Dressings need to be ordered on the side, and then only use half of the dressing cup they give you. If you do that, then the Reduced Fat Balsamic Vinaigrette is the best choice at 55 mg…”

The 10 Best Healthy Foods at Panera self.com
“5. Strawberry Poppy Seed Salad With Chicken

“With only 340 calories, this salad is one of the lightest and most nutritious options on the Panera menu,” says Clark. “Packed with greens, fruit, nuts, and chicken, it covers all the major food groups without a lot of sodium like other Panera salad options.”

Per one serving: 340 calories, 13 g fat (1.5 g saturated), 280 mg sodium, 31 g carbs, 6 g fiber, 25 g protein..”

Fast Food Restaurants

5 Fast Food Restaurants Where You Can Eat Low Sodium on Buzzfeed October 19, 2015 by Christopher Lower hackingsalt.com

1‘.. McDonald..

It’s a good thing they added #Alldaybreakfast, there are low sodium choices. The Cinnamon Melts are 370 mg. Did you know you can custom order unsalted fries? They’ll be hot every time! Get the full nutrition list here.
..”

Can I Eat Low Sodium at McDonald’s? May 21, 2015 by Christopher Lower hackingsalt.com

2 Taco Bell

3. Subway

4.. Panera Bread

5. Chipotle

Others


Taco John’s
Nutrition & Allergen Information
tacojohns.com
“Crispy Taco 290mg


The Healthiest Subs and Food at Quiznos By Jennifer R. Scott Updated January 28, 2018 verywellfit.com
“…..only healthy fat then you’ll need to download and examine an entire Quiznos Nutrition Info pdf ( see http://www.quiznos.com/Librarie/PDFs/NutritionalInfo.sflb.ashx). No time for all that planning? No problem, just choose a few of the healthy, low-calorie menu items listed below to keep your diet on track…”

Quiznos Nutrition Facts. Calories, carbs, fat, sodium … – MyFoodDiary® myfooddiary.com

Nutrition – Dairy Queen dairyqueen.com

Can I eat Low Sodium at Wendys hackingsalt.com
“…Chicken, Wraps, & More:

The Ultimate Chicken Grill as a sandwich is 930 mg, but if you custom order the chicken breast alone it is 540 mg…”

The Healthiest Food to Eat at Wendy’s stack.com

.”…If you want to know how the restaurant keeps Wendy looking so thin for its logo, follow us through the menu as we bring you the healthiest items we could find…”

Nutrition and Health | Wendy’s wendys.com/


Can I Eat Low Sodium at Jimmy Johns – Hacking Salt hackingsalt.com
“..Bread:

Let’s start with the bread. An average roll, or the bread used for their Club Sandwiches is between 200-400 mg. You can knock that right off of any sandwich in a couple ways: the first is simply cutting the sandwich size in half, and the second is ordering an Unwich, where they wrap the sandwich in lettuce, instead of bread…

Proteins:

The 2 lowest sodium options to order are:

Roast Beef at 440 mg

Roasted Turkey Breast at 530 mg..”

Jimmy Johns Nutrition Chart fastfoodnutrition.org

Can I Eat Low Sodium at Burger King May 10, 2016 by Christopher Lower hackingsalt.com

What 11 Diet Experts Order at Burger King By Daisy Melamed
January 20, 2016 eatthis.com

Veggie Burger

“…“It’s great that a premium fast-food spot now offers veggie burgers. I’d go for a BK Veggie Burger, sans mayo. With five grams of fiber and 21 grams of protein–the same amount of protein in a Whopper–this 240-calorie lunch will stick to my ribs through the afternoon, but won’t be lingering on my waistline. And, with only about one tenth the saturated fat as a Whopper Sandwich, the veggie burger won’t be sticking to the inside of my arteries, either.” — Libby Mills, MS, RDN, LDN, National Spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics..



…I would go with a Tendergrill Chicken Sandwich–hold the mayo–that comes in at 290 calories and only one gram of saturated fat…”

Burger King Nutrition Facts & Calorie Information A Nutrition Guide to the Burger King Menu for Healthy Eating nutrition-charts.com

5 Healthy Meals at Arby’s—Including Bacon By Eat This, Not That! Editors
February 29, 2016 eatthis.com
“…Eat This Instead!

Roast Turkey Farmhouse Salad
230 calories, 13 g fat (7 g saturated fat), 780 mg sodium
Get your hit of poultry plus 23 grams of protein—minus the trans fats and the hunk of fatty bread. This is the healthiest order at Arby’s, and one of the most delicious. And bonus, it has bacon!

..”

Nutrition & Ingredients – Arby’s arbys.com

The Healthiest (and Scariest!) Menu Items at Qdoba washingtonian.com
“…But the free-flowing system can be a double-edged sword–expansive possibilities mean you have the freedom to tailor a perfectly nourishing lunch, but it can also be overwhelming to have so many choices at your fingertips (especially when they aren’t all good for you)…

To stay on the healthy side of any menu, pile on the veggies, exercise some portion control, be careful with the extra toppings, and flex your substitution power.

“The biggest thing to remember when you’re walking in is that you can ask for anything–the worst they can do is say no,” Wipfler says. “You should be able to get smaller serving sizes, or substitute beans for meat. Don’t be afraid to ask for what you want to make your meal healthier.”..

Healthy Choices at Qdoba

…Tacos with flour soft tortilla, shredded beef, roasted chile corn, salsa roja, lettuce and fajita vegetables. 1 taco – Calories:195. Fat: 6. You could get the “Pick 2” option, get four tacos, eat two now, and save the other two for lunch tomorrow if you want to be healthy AND cheap!..”

Qdoba Nutrition Facts. Calories, carbs, fat, sodium … – MyFoodDiary® myfooddiary.com

AVOID!!

High Sodium In Fast Food – The Top 5 Saltiest – YouTube

Overall

21 Healthier Fast-Food Meals webmd.com
“…Hey, it happens to the best of us. When you’re hungry and have only a few minutes (or a few bucks), fast food calls out to you. Yes, fast food is higher in sodium than it should be. Yes, fast food tends to be devoid of fruits, vegetables, and fiber. But, there are some healthier fast-food options out there. You just need to know how to order…”


Healthy Fast Food Meal Choices! Under 500 calories … – YouTube

How to Lower Your Blood Pressure – YouTube

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Meat Spotlight: Chicken of All Sorts

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Which Part of the Chicken is the Healthiest to Eat and the Best Way to Cook It? By Holly Klamer, RD caloriesecrets.net
“..Even though chicken is shed in a positive light, keep in mind different parts of the chicken can vary nutritionally.

Wings and darker meat are higher in calories and fat compared to the leaner white chicken breast.

How you cook your chicken can also greatly vary the nutrition of chicken. Frying and leaving the skin on increase the energy density, but taking the skin off and roasting chicken can provide lower energy density…

Leanest part of the chicken

Skinless boneless chicken breast is considered the leanest part of the chicken. Buying bone in cuts of meat can be a cheaper option, and according to the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (2) eating bone in chicken doesn’t affect nutrition value and may actually help you eat smaller portions.

According to the National Chicken Council (3), a 3.5 ounce of skinless chicken breast provides about 165 calories from 31 grams of protein and about 3.5 grams of fat. Keeping the skin on the breast bumps the calories up to just under 200 calories.

Thigh meat without the skin provides just over 200 calories with higher fat content at about 11 grams. Leaving the skin on the thigh bumps the calories up to about 230 calories.

The highest calorie density cut of chicken is wings with the skin on. A 3.5 ounce serving provides about 290 calories and 19.5 grams of fat…”

7 Impressive Benefits of Chicken organicfacts.net
“..The health benefits of chicken include its ability to provide a good supply of protein, essential vitamins, and minerals. It also aids in weight loss, regulating cholesterol and blood pressure, and reducing the risk of cancer…”

10 Health Benefits of Chicken Meat – YouTube

Is Chicken High in Cholesterol? by JESSICA BRUSO Aug. 14, 2017 livestrong.com
“..
Chicken and Cholesterol

The American Heart Association recommends you limit your cholesterol intake to 300 mg per day. If you have high cholesterol already, limit your cholesterol intake to 200 mg per day. A 3 oz. serving of skinless roasted chicken contains between 70 mg and 80 mg of dietary cholesterol, depending on whether it is dark meat or light meat. This is about 25 percent of your recommended cholesterol for the day…”

Cooked?

The Healthiest Way to Eat Chicken Marion Nestle Mar 23, 2012 theatlantic.com
“..A good source of protein, chicken is best for you when baked in the oven or stir fried with your favorite vegetables. Note that the dark meat has a bit more saturated fat and cholesterol…

Buy whole chickens so you aren’t paying someone else to cut it up for you. Cutting a chicken is easy and YouTube has plenty of videos that explain how to do it.

The cheapest chicken is industrially produced, meaning that the chickens are raised in huge flocks indoors under crowded conditions, treated with antibiotics to prevent illness and promote rapid growth, and are ready to slaughter six weeks after hatching.

If you don’t want to eat chicken raised this way, you should look for birds that were raised free-range without antibiotics and are Certified Organic, kosher, or halal — if you value such things. You will have to pay more for such meat but it will taste better. ..”

-Eggs

10 FOODS YOU SHOULD NEVER EAT

*get cage free or free roaming chicken

Cholesterol?
*see Medical: Is your blood pressure too “low” or “high”? goodnewshealthandfitness.wordpress.com

7 High-Cholesterol Foods to Avoid draxe.com
“..What High-Cholesterol Foods Should You Keep Eating?

1. Eggs

Although the majority of dietary cholesterol in the U.S. diet comes from eggs and egg mixed dishes, research shows that egg consumption has little effect on LDL cholesterol and may actually improve HDL cholesterol levels. (14)

In a 2008 study published in the Journal of Nutrition, 28 overweight or obese male participants aged 40–70 years were instructed to reduce calorie intake by consuming a low-carbohydrate diet, and they were randomly assigned to supplement this diet with three eggs per day (640 milligrams of cholesterol) or a cholesterol-free egg substitute, which was provided to them for 12 weeks. The intervention resulted in significant reductions in body weight. LDL and triglyceride concentrations were similar between the two intervention groups, but HDL cholesterol concentrations were higher in the egg-supplemented group. (15)

It turns out that there are plenty of health benefits of eggs, and they can be consumed without worry…

What Is High Cholesterol?

Cholesterol is a waxy, fat-like substance that’s found in all cells of the body. Our bodies need cholesterol to make hormones that protect the body, vitamin D and bile salts that are necessary for the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins. Plus, the brain and nervous system depend on cholesterol for the creation of neurotransmitters like serotonin and dopamine.

Our bodies make the cholesterol that we need, but we get cholesterol from our food too. If you have too much cholesterol, it starts to build up in your arteries and may lead to atherosclerosis, or the hardening of the arteries. Eventually, high cholesterol levels may cause heart and blood flow problems, leading to dangerous blood clots and inflammation that can cause heart attacks and strokes. High cholesterol levels alone do not determine if you are at risk of having a heart attack or stroke. Other factors include your blood pressure, whether or not you smoke, whether or not you have diabetes, and your age, sex and race. (18)..”

Top 12 Cholesterol-Lowering Foods

“Egg yokes don’t cause high cholesterol levels”-Dr. Axe

Fast Food Chains

Chicken “Buckets”

-Popeyes Chicken

Chicken Sandwiches

28 Fast-Food Chicken Sandwiches—Ranked! eatthis.com
A fast food chicken sandwich is the Trojan Horse of diet bombs.
“..At first glance, health-conscious folks may think that picking up a chicken sandwich from a fast food joint is a safe bet. After all, poultry is known to be leaner than the mystery beef served in those double-stacked hamburgers. But just because chicken holds a star reputation as the low-calorie, low-fat option on your dinner table, it doesn’t mean a chicken sandwich is your best option when dining out or zipping through the drive-thru. You think you’d be able to rely on this star protein, but once it’s injected with solutions of chemicals, preservatives, and additives and then coated, breaded, and deep fried, many of these chicken sandwiches can set you back just as badly as a burger and fries…”

By Olivia Tarantino

-Wendys

the 5 worst chicken sandwiches you shouldn’t eat | top 5 list – YouTube
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-ledRrKgUjUM
“..#1 BK Burger King: Original Chicken Sandwich
Official Menu Description: Our Original Chicken Sandwich is made with white meat chicken, lightly breaded and topped with a simple combination of shredded lettuce and creamy mayonnaise on a sesame seed bun…

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