Monday, July 31, 2006

Watermelon More Nutritious When NOT Refridgerated

Watermelon is more nutritious when stored at room temperature, as opposed to being refrigerated. According to a report by the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry, and reported by CNN, watermelons continue to produce nutrients after they are picked, but this process can be inhibited by low temperatures.

For example, watermelon stored at room temperature for two weeks gained 40 percent more lycopene and up to 139 perent more beta-carotene than refrigerated ones. Beta-carotene is converted by your body into vitamin A; and lycopene is thought to protect your body from some forms of heart disease and cancer.

Interestingly enough, researchers also found that watermelon decays faster at lower temperatures.

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