Updated: Aug 12
Every Greek house, during summer there's watermelon in the fridge and Greeks combine it with feta.
Before proceeding to the nutritional value of this meal, it is worth mentioning some benefits for our health, which are not known to all of us.
We feel full for longer.
With the combination watermelon-feta, we combine fruit with a source of protein. This results in a smaller rise in blood glucose (after eating the fruit), therefore, longer-lasting satiety.
We protect ourselves from the sun.
The fats in the cheese help to increase the absorption of lycopene, which is present in watermelon. Lycopene is one of the substances that helps protect plants from the sun. If we eat these substances, our own skin is also protected. (but this does not mean that we forget about the sunscreen).
We lower our blood pressure.
Watermelon is also rich in an amino acid called citrulline. Citrulline helps with blood move and can lower blood pressure. The heart also enjoys the benefits of lycopene, so watermelon may reduce the risk of heart attacks.
We protect the joints
Watermelon also contains a natural pigment called beta-cryptoxanthin that protects joints from inflammation. Some studies show that over time, it can, to some extent, prevent rheumatoid arthritis.
Analyzing the nutritional value of a portion, we find out that
150 g. watermelon contains only 43 calories, while
30 gr. feta, just 80 calories.
Calories: 123 calories
Carbohydrates: 11 grams.
Protein: 5 grams.
Fat: 7 grams.
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