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10 Surprising Side Effects Of Watermelon. 10 Surprising Side Effects Of Watermelon Pubali Mukherjee March 27, 2017 During summers, we can find watermelons everywhere!

10 Surprising Side Effects Of Watermelon

The perfect summer fruit, watermelons with high water content, make for great thirst quenchers. Watermelons are not just tasty and refreshing but are healthy too! They contain high amounts of Vitamins A, C and B6, and potassium. But like everything else, too much consumption of watermelon can create problems for your body. There are several components in watermelon that can cause side effects. 1. Watermelons are rich in lycopene. 2. Watermelons contain high level of potassium. 3.

When an individual is insulin resistant, then the blood sugar level tends to stay put in the blood. . [ Read: Home Remedies For Diabetes ] 4. Excessive consumption of watermelon can lead to a dip in the body’s blood pressure level. . [ Read: Home Remedies for High Blood Pressue ] 5. Consuming watermelon can also cause allergic reactions in some people. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. Do you enjoy watermelon? Google. A picture of a watermelon 10000 years ago. How humans have changed watermelons.

People have selectively bred crops for specific traits since modern agriculture began 10,000 years ago.

How humans have changed watermelons

Food crops are selected for size, taste, and productivity. You can see how much our food has changed by looking at art. Specifically, as Vox pointed out, this 17th-century Renaissance painting by Giovanni Stanchi shows a very weird-looking watermelon: A Giovanni Stanchi painting shows how different watermelon looked about 500 years ago CHRISTIE'S IMAGES LTD. 2015 The watermelon's insides are pale, full of seeds, and not very fleshy. So how did the watermelon morph from that strange whirly melon into today's juicy red version? This process of selective breeding has been used for all sorts of fruit. The peach, for instance, went from a small cherry-like fruit that wasn't too fleshy into the big juicy pinkish fruit we eat today.

Those breeders would then cross pollinate plants with those desirable traits to hopefully get a larger and flavorful peach, which eventually they did. The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon. To taste a watermelon is to know “what the angels eat,” Mark Twain proclaimed.

The 5,000-Year Secret History of the Watermelon

The angels, however, would have gagged if they had eaten the watermelon’s wild ancestor—a bitter fruit with hard, pale-green flesh. Generations of selective breeding, spanning several countries and cultures, produced the sweet red fruit that’s now a common sight on picnic tables. Much of this epic history has been lost to antiquity. But Harry Paris, a horticulturalist at the Agricultural Research Organization in Israel, has spent years assembling clues—including ancient Hebrew texts, artifacts in Egyptian tombs, and medieval illustrations—that have enabled him to chronicle the watermelon’s astonishing 5,000-year transformation. Who’s Your Daddy? Scientists agree that the watermelon’s progenitor—the ur-watermelon, if you will—was cultivated in Africa before spreading north into Mediterranean countries and, later, to other parts of Europe.

But, that’s where the consensus ends. Pharaonic Fruit Hitting the Road.