The Watermelon: 92% Water + 8% Delicious Healthy Goodness

watermelonMost people think that watermelons contain only sugar and water…It’s true…well…sort of… Watermelons are made mostly of water, 92% water, actually.  But, that last 8% contains some super awesome and important nutrients that your body craves!

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Watermelons are part of the Cucurbitaceae family, which also includes cantaloupe and honeydew, as well as squash and pumpkins. While they taste extremely sweet, watermelons are relatively low in calories, contain no fat, and contain fiber, which assists digestive processes.

watermelon-slicesWatermelon has more lycopene, which is thought to decrease the risk of prostate cancer and heart disease, than any other fruit or vegetable, and is also a good source of vitamins A and C, which are both good for your skin. Watermelon contains choline, a nutrient that plays an important roll in a lot of bodily processes including sleep, memory, nerve impulses, and muscle movement.

The “water” in watermelon is full of electrolytes and makes for a great refreshing post workout snack! Not only is it delicious and hydrating, but it also contains the amino acid, L-citrulline, which is thought to reduce muscle soreness.

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References

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/266886.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/watermelon.html

http://www.watermelon.org/

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One Banana, Two Banana, Three Banana, Four!

Did you know more bananas are eaten every year than apples and oranges combined? The Flavor Run LOVES bananas! So much so that we have our very own mascot, Bananalicious!

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Bananas have no fat, sodium, or cholesterol. They are high in potassium, fiber, vitamin C, and B6, which support heart health, and have the amino acid, tryptophan, which is thought to be associated with good moods and memory.
Research suggests that eating just one banana a day may reduce the risk of developing asthma!

Bananas can be bought in grocery stores year-round and are versatile foods! Have you ever eaten a Vegan Banana Split? What about Banana Corn Cakes?

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Note: The information included above or on any other Flavor Run blog post is not intended to be used as medical advice or as a substitute for advice from a health care professional.

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271157.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/banana.html

Strawberry Fields Forever!

There’s a reason so many songs have been written about strawberries…They are AWESOME! And better yet, it’s the Flavor Run’s Year of the Strawberry! Seriously, have you SEEN our Strawberry Finisher Medal?! P.S. Follow us on Instagram (@FlavorRun) and check out some of our great Strawberry Finisher Medal photos (#FlavorRun).

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Strawberries have a low glycemic index (40) and are high in fiber, which means they help regular blood sugar levels and are good food option for diabetics. A recent study showed that eating strawberries daily can actually reduce the risk of kidney disease and neuropathy in diabetics. Additionally, strawberries are high in vitamin Cpotassium, folic acid and antioxidants. Like grapes, strawberries have the flavonoid and antioxidant, quercetin, along with kaempferol, which reduce the risk of blood clot formation that can cause strokes.

Research also suggests that eating strawberries decreases the level of homocysteine, an amino acid in the blood that is harmful to the inner lining of arteries and also decreases the production of certain “feel-good” hormones like serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine.

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Note: The information included above or on any other Flavor Run blog post is not intended to be used as medical advice or as a substitute for advice from a health care professional.

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271285.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/strawberries.html

Fruits & Fitness! What’s so great about fruit anyway?!

First off, fruit is delicious and that should be reason enough to eat lots of it.  But if you need more incentive, fruits contain many essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that your body needs!

In a series of blog posts, we will touch on some of the important health benefits of our favorite fruits! We hope to leave you with some insight and maybe a craving for a delicious, healthy snack 🙂

Grapes

GrapesGrapes are high in water content and antioxidants including lutein and zeaxanthin (both are good for your eyes). They contain polyphenols, another type of antioxidant, that may prevent or slow some types of cancer and reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. Grapes also contain fiber, potassium, and the flavonoid, quercetin, a natural anti-inflammatory.

Red grapes contain resveratrol, the phytochemical antioxidant that is known to reduce the risk of stroke, and protects again a variety of diseases including Alzheimers, degenerative nerve disease and some infections.

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Note: The information included above or on any other Flavor Run blog post is not intended to be used as medical advice or as a substitute for advice from a health care professional.

References:

http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/271156.php

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/health-benefits-of-grapes.html

http://www.nutrition-and-you.com/grapes.html