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Watermelon: Friend or Foe?

Answered on September 12, 2014
Created August 23, 2011 at 12:07 PM

So what's the deal with watermelon? Is it really that bad? If anyone has good evidence (not an opinion) as to why it should be avoided, please fill me in. Thanks!

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on August 23, 2011
at 01:44 PM

Dr Harris says to avoid it on his getting started page - it's higher than most fruit in the ratio of fructose to glucose. I wouldn't recommmend eating a lot of it. And probably avoid if you are obese or diabetic. And based on cliff's answer, maybe it's just good for you. (The more time I spend on PH or reading Guyenet, the less I know anything for sure.)

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on August 23, 2011
at 01:19 PM

oh thanks. Haha, I just can't see a reason watermelon would be bad. Maybe if it were your entire diet like it seems to be for some fruitarians...

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on August 23, 2011
at 01:17 PM

Many posts on this site and others ie Sisson, don't speak too highly of the fruit. I think it is very yummy and cheap, and for some reason it seems to fill me up and satisfy my "sweet" cravings. P.S. I love, love, love your site!

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on August 23, 2011
at 01:07 PM

Who said watermelon was bad????

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:31 PM

o...i hear you...thats nice to know...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:30 PM

It's glycemic index is 72. That's very high.

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:13 PM

thus adding to the confusion...

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:12 PM

and? Its extremely low GL

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E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:12 PM

Quality watermelon is some of the tastiest food around and its packed with goodies, absolutely no valid reason to avoid the stuff imo.

Watermelon is extremely calorie poor making it very hard to eat a substantial amount, this is why the GI is 72 but the GL is 3.

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/133/4/1043.short -Consumption of Watermelon Juice Increases Plasma Concentrations of Lycopene and ??-Carotene in Humans

http://jn.nutrition.org/content/137/12/2680.abstract -Dietary Supplementation with Watermelon Pomace Juice Enhances Arginine Availability and Ameliorates the Metabolic Syndrome in Zucker Diabetic Fatty Rats

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on August 23, 2011
at 01:00 PM

Watermelon sometimes gets a ding because of its relatively higher fructose content. Me, I'd eat it in season if I got it locally, but probably wouldn't make it my go-to fruit.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:11 PM

Extremely high glycemic

E5c7f14800c5992831f5c70fa746dc5c

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on August 23, 2011
at 12:12 PM

and? Its extremely low GL

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 23, 2011
at 12:31 PM

o...i hear you...thats nice to know...

3dc0e6d3b30b4934610975c69f7a2ad4

(134)

on August 23, 2011
at 12:13 PM

thus adding to the confusion...

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on August 23, 2011
at 12:30 PM

It's glycemic index is 72. That's very high.

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