Somewhere in Middle and Lesser Asia melon melon culture was born. It is a photophilous and heat-loving plant that gives a person fruits of between 1.5 and 10 kilograms. The fruit ripens from two months to six months and it is a spherical or cylindrical shape. And the first mention of melons is found in the Bible.
Today there are almost no wild-growing samples. Man was able to cultivate this plant. Melon is mainly eaten raw, removing the skin. You can bring a long list of useful substances contained in the fruit, it perfectly quenches thirst. Nevertheless, the melon is the object of many myths and misconceptions.
Melon is a mixture of water and sugar, there are no valuable substances in it.
It is not for nothing in the East that the melon makes the eyes young, the lips are fresh, the hair is shiny, the women are beautiful, and the men are welcome. With this wisdom, any nutritionist will agree. Nobody even denies that the melon consists mainly of water and sugar, but in addition it is a storehouse of microelements, vitamins, mineral salts, nitrogenous and pectinic substances. According to the content of some of them, there is no equal to a melon. For example, you can mention at least potassium. It is a building and repair material for muscles. Bioflavonoids also make them elastic. This combination will certainly be needed for those who have fragile vessels. According to the content of calcium, which is responsible for bones, teeth and nails, melon is in general the first place among all plant products. Sugar in the fetus is contained from 5 to 20 percent, but the most important here is glucose. It helps to feed the brain, and generally gives strength to the body. In the melon there are good stores of folic acid. It helps to develop serotonin, a hormone of mood. Nicotinic acid will help the work of the heart, keep normal cholesterol levels, secretions of gastric juice. Vitamin C will improve immunity. And the eastern fruit will certainly take care of appearance. Vitamin A, flint, inositol and hair will help to remain silky and soft, and the skin is shiny. Finally, we say that in the melon there is also a lot of iron. So fans of this culture are never pale and do not suffer from anemia.
Melon is a vegetable (melon is a fruit).
People’s rumor refers melon to vegetables, then to fruits, attributing to it unusual relatives. In fact, botany says that the melon is an annual herbaceous plant of the pumpkin family, it is a melon crop from the genus of cucumbers. So the melon is a fake berry. This multi-seeded squash can take many forms and weigh from 200 grams to 20 kilograms. And for the stalls, melon is often called dessert vegetables. There, it is most often adjacent to another large berry, watermelon. You can safely make up couples such as melon and pumpkin, melon and watermelon, melon and cucumber – they all have the right to be, because they belong to the same family.
Melon is a heavy food for the stomach, because it is poorly digested and litter the body.
In fact, even opponents of melons are forced to agree that her rough vegetable fiber is an excellent cleaning agent, helping with constipation. It is known that this food has a laxative and diuretic property (it helps with gout), it fights against sclerosis. There’s that melon cleans not just the gastrointestinal tract, but also blood and kidneys. Recently in Europe it has become fashionable to clean the body in American way, with the help of blitz therapy. It is based on melon juice. Nutritionists claim that it is digested much faster than analogues. To take out with pumpkin juice slags must be three weeks every morning on an empty stomach to drink such a drink, where you can add other berries. They will help to correct the taste. Still, the melon juice is too sugary, like a thick syrup. It is known that in combination with a decoction of parsley, melon juice can even crush stones from the kidneys and remove them. But the dosage is still better to check with the doctor.
Melon is not an assistant in the diet, it will only add an extra kilogram.
Such delusions are often blamed on the fans of a slim figure. First of all, it is worth knowing that the caloric content of melon slightly outstrips its relative watermelon. In 100 grams of pulp contains only 45 kilocalories. This is quite comparable with pears, peaches, apricots and plums. The melon diet promotes weight loss not because of the restriction in food, but because this berry is an excellent natural fat splitter. It helps to remove bad cholesterol and heavy fats of animal origin from the body. Also, the melon diet will not feel hunger and fatigue. This product will quickly be absorbed by saturating the body. Glucose also increases efficiency. The development of serotonin, which increases mood, has already been mentioned.
There is a melon you can, how much the soul will like.
In fact, the difference from the watermelon diet is – on a melon alone, gastroenterologists do not recommend sitting. After all, like raw cabbage, it can burn the mucous membranes of the intestine and stomach. So in health and cleaning purposes, a melon day should not be arranged more often than once a week. For this, you can take 300-500 grams of delicious pulp for 3-4 prisest. Exceeding this dosage may result in intestinal colic. It is better to turn to a simplified variant of nutrition in general – to eat a day not more than 1.5-2 kilograms of melon in 3-4 periods between the main meal. But such therapy should not last more than a week. Those who want to lose weight, instead of one of the meals just eat 300-500 grams of melon. A week of such nutrition will reduce weight by 3 kilograms. If you want to develop success, then after a week’s pause, you can repeat the diet.
To sit on a melon diet, it is better to choose unsweetened and unripe fruits.
Even in ancient Egypt, they said that the healing properties of melons directly depend on its sweetness and maturity. After all, a ripe fruit, unlike a green one, will not cause an upset stomach. For a healthy diet it is important to choose the variety, consistency and appearance of the melon. Best is a fruit with elastic or fibrous flesh. If the melon has a mealy core, then it will have less mineral salts and sucrose. Such fruits are not very appreciated. Best in the purification of the body will cope with round sweet melons. We are talking about “honey” or “collective farmer” varieties. And with chronic diseases of the bladder or liver it is better to eat daily for a month to half a kilo of melon. In this case, it must necessarily have a fibrous flesh. Juice from round melons can accelerate recovery after pneumonia, and liquid from elongated fruit will help with bronchitis, sinusitis, chronic frontitis. The period of treatment is two weeks.
Peel of melon is absolutely useless, and its seeds are useless.
The fact that the melon can remove stones from the kidneys and the bladder, also knew Avicenna. Later it was found that seeds have a similar effect. Few people know that they also have an excellent stimulating effect, replacing sometimes men of Viagra. To increase the potency, you can chew during the day with five fresh seeds. And that such food does not harm the spleen, then the neutralizer can make honey. The curative properties of the peel are known in folk medicine. The juice from it can stop nosebleeds. To do this, squeeze from the peel of melon should be dripped 2-3 drops in each nostril. If you apply the skin to your forehead, it will help bring down the heat. Compresses from the skin, laid on the throat or chest, will help against bronchitis or sore throat. It is important to understand that this mustard must not be the main thing, it must complement the basic treatment. Fresh melon peels are a good painkiller with bruises. This tool should be simply applied by the inner surface to the sore spot.
Melon should be selected in appearance, like watermelon.
It is believed that the best connoisseurs and connoisseurs of melon were the Arabs. They knew how to choose the most sweet and ripe fruit unerringly, doing it solely by smell.After all, the best melon will have the most unique flavor. Determine the maturity can be and with the help of other simple tips. So, the stem should be as thick as a pencil. It is worth to touch the crust from the opposite side. If the melon is immature, then this place will be firm. In a ripe melon, the peel here under pressure will slightly give way.
The melon has no contraindications.
In fact, the melon will be useful to almost everyone, but only almost. There are such diseases when it is still contraindicated. So, with peptic ulcer of the stomach and duodenum, with diabetes and bowel diseases, it is better to give up melon, especially if the period of exacerbation has come. It is worth to give up the delicious fruit and nursing mothers, because the use of melon can cause serious digestive disorders in the baby.
Melon combines well with other dishes.
Americans can often meet the custom of starting a dinner with a glass of water and a large slice of melon. In the Middle East, melons are often served to fish. In Italy, the flesh is dipped in sweetened vinegar, getting an interesting meat side dish. Recipes of duets with melons are many, but nutritionists still do not recommend eating it with other products. This queen of sweets has a capricious temper. And it will manifest itself after combination with other fruits, sour cream, yogurt or cream in the form of digestive disorders. Do not accompany the use of melon and the neighborhood with other drinks. Kefir, milk, alcohol and even cold water can result in bloating and intestinal colic. So it is worth to accustom yourself to eat melon just as an independent dish in between meals, a couple of hours after them. Especially dangerous combination of melon and milk, melons and eggs, melons and fermented milk products. If there is a place for a sweet fruit in the daytime ration, then it is better to refuse dangerous “fellow travelers”.