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Dr. Harinder Gill
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Watermelon (Overview)

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center.


Dr. Harinder Gill
24 doctors shared insights

Watermelon (Overview)

Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center.


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What are the benefit of eating watermelons?

What are the benefit of eating watermelons?

Nutrition: I agree w dr. Wright. One slice of watermelon (or 2 cups) has 1.1 gram of fiber.
Watermelon is a source of vitamins a, b1, b2, b6, c, e & k, niacin, folate (folic acid) & pantothenic acid.
Watermelon is a source of potassium. Phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, copper, zinc & iron. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: watermelon?

See below: Watermelon is a vine-like flowering plant originally from southern africa. Its fruit, which is also called watermelon, is a special kind referred to by botanists as a pepo, a berry which has a thick rind and fleshy center. ...Read more

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I ate watermelon about 2 hours ago would it still show up?

I ate watermelon about 2 hours ago would it still show up?

Show up where?: Hi SKaufman, when asking questions it would be helpful to be as specific as you can. It is hard to answer questions with having good context. My question back to you would be... Show up where? After two hours food like watermelon would likely be out of the stomach except for some seeds. It would likely be found in your small intestine, possibly your proximal colon. Hope that's helpful ...Read more

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Thought I had a reaction to watermelon, ate some yesterday (at hosp) to test. Nothing at all. I was told no reaction means I am not allergic. Right?

Thought I had a reaction to watermelon, ate some yesterday (at hosp) to test. Nothing at all. I was told no reaction means I am not allergic. Right?

Yes, but...: As the saying goes, nothing in life is certain except death and taxes. An unlucky person not allergic to watermelon this week can develop some sort of allergy to it next week. There are also different types of watermelon, so it's possible that one variety of melon causes more problems than another. ...Read more

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Is watermelon ok for celiacs?

It's gluten free: Watermelon is gluten free. Just don't cut the melon with your bread knife and cutting board! ...Read more

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Is watermelon bad for gout?

Is watermelon bad for gout?

Watermelon : Food beliefs can be very ingrained in a community. But medicine would be neutral on this one. It is 100% carbohydrate calories and would neither be good nor bad for gout. ...Read more

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Can I feed a 6-month-old watermelon?

Can I feed a 6-month-old watermelon?

At six months yes: It is the age when we introduce fruits and vegetables ...Read more

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What is the nutrient content of watermelon?

What is the nutrient content of watermelon?

Watermelon: 100 grams of watermelon has 85 calories, 1.1 grams of dietary fiber, no cholesterol, 0.4 grams fat, 21 grams of carbohydrates, and meets 37% of vitamin C and 31 % of vitamin A needs for a day. ...Read more

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Is watermelon healthy or is it mainly just water?

Healthy : Hi. Sure, watermelon's great stuff, and part of a balanced, healthy diet! Bon appetit! ...Read more

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Can watermelon extract be applied directly on skin?

Yes: Typically, this is how we test for allergies, by a prick skin test. Usually reactions to watermelon are secondary to oral allergy, when you have a cross reaction of a fruit with a pollen, in this case ragweed. The prick test in that case for watermelon is negative. ...Read more

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Is watermelon ok for a person who have diabetes thpe 2?

Yes: Yes, watermelon is a good choice for someone with type 2 diabetes. Though it does contain carbohydrates, it has a low glycemic index and several good nutrients. It is also a good source of fiber. Just be sure to factor in the carbohydrates when considering insulin needs, if you use insulin. ...Read more

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If you're a diabetic, is it ok to eat watermelon every day?

Yes, but...: As long as you keep portions in line with your diabetic diet, and don't binge, no food is completely off limits. In fact, fruits and veggies are particularly good for you, & most people don't eat enough. The "natural sugar" in fruit is balanced by their many nutrients, so it's ok to eat some daily. It is important to check blood sugars as often as your doc recommends, & adjust accordingly. ...Read more

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I think I may be allergic to watermelon, how can I confirm this?

I think I may be allergic to watermelon, how can I confirm this?

Very easy: What symptoms you seem to get with watermelon? If it is not anaphylactic reaction with wheezing difficulty breathing feel like passing out swelling of throat etc you can do the following do not eat watermelon for 1 week and then a serving of watermelon and what symptoms you get. If there are no symptoms you are not allergic to it in demonstrable way ie no significant allergy ...Read more

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Is eating watermelon or cantelope going to make your sickness worse?

What sickness?: Excess anything can be a problem. In moderation these fruits should be good for everyone. ...Read more

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Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Can a person on low residue diet b/c of diverticulitis eat watermelon?

Yes: Some current GI folks do not buy into the seeds restriction.
I general avoid most watermelon seeds — fun to spit at a tree! ...Read more

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Is it too much if I eat 2 cups of watermelon and 4 small apples daily?

Balanced meals: Fruits as noted by you are healthy, and would not hurt you. Assuring that is not all you are eating! You need to eat balanced healthy meals. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to watermelon, will it just be watermelon, or should I be careful of other (specific) foods?

If I'm allergic to watermelon, will it just be watermelon, or should I be careful of other (specific) foods?

Melon allergy: Sometimes multiple melons or multiple fruits will react when you are sensitive to one. Allergy skin tests and challenges done in the allergist's office can help you to know the answer to this question in your case. ...Read more

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Husband swolled a big pice of watermelon accidently he felt a lot of pain as it went down everytime he eats something it hurts could he have damaged?

Husband swolled a big pice of watermelon accidently he felt a lot of pain as it went down everytime he eats something it hurts could he have damaged?

YES: He may even still have this fruit lodged in his distal esophagus, or he may have torn the mucosa (inner lining) of the distal esophagus. He should at least touch base with his doctor, and, if appropriate, he may need a GI evaluation. Good luck. ...Read more

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Watermelon good to low uric acid?

Uric acid : Watermelon is alkaline fruit. It has high water content. As such it can dilute and neutralize the acidity of uric acid. Watermelon is rich in vitamin c, vitamin a , vitamin b6, b1, potassium and magnesium. Watermelon has no uric acid. As such it should be useful natural remedy for uric acid to some extent. ...Read more

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Can a pre-diabetic eat watermelon?

Can a pre-diabetic eat watermelon?

Pre- diabetes: I am never sure what prediabetes is. Please have your doctor explain that term in detail. That said, enjoy your watermelon. ...Read more

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How many calories does watermelon have?

Watermelon: It contains 90 percent water. Approximately, 100 grams of watermelon contains 30 calories, or one cup serving contains 46 calories. ...Read more