Watermelon is a succulent and wholesome fruit, and is endowed with a range of vitamins and antioxidants, which can keep you hydrated and refreshed, especially in the summer season. Additionally, the fruit is a perfect alternative to carbonated soft drinks as well as sweetened fruit juices. But do you know how can babies benefit from watermelons? As babies grow, their taste-buds evolve and a variety of foods can be added into their diets. So, you can offer watermelons to your kids as a wholesome snack, and chances are that they might take to it.
Benefits of Watermelon for Babies
Help in Maintaining Water Balance
Once your kid is about half-a-year old, you can start feeding him or her watermelon. Since watermelon has a high water content (nearly 93%), consuming the fruit, especially during summer season, helps in maintaining the water level and prevents dehydration. You can offer your kid slices or puree of watermelon.
Provide Vitamin C
Watermelons have very high proportions of vitamin C — every 100g of the fruit containing approximately 8.1mg of the vitamin. Vitamin C helps in boosting immunity and promotes iron absorption that results in the development of hemoglobin in erythrocytes (red blood cells).
Offer Vitamin A
Watermelon for babies is beneficial because it is also rich in vitamin A and beta-carotene. These vitamin variants are essential for the growth and development of teeth, maintenance of keen eyesight, and healthy skin.
Promote Bone Development
Your baby needs enough minerals as he or she grows up. Calcium and magnesium are required for teeth and bone development; calcium helps promote hormone secretion; and magnesium is needed for smooth nerve functioning and muscle growth. And all these nutrients can be found in watermelons.
Give Various B Vitamins
Watermelons are infused with vitamin B complex which essentially comprises a suite of variant vitamins like thiamine, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, and vitamin B6. These vitamins have a range of health benefits including carbohydrate and protein metabolism, reinforcement of the immune system, development of the nervous system, growth of red blood cells, etc.
Carotenoids are useful for upholding one’s cardiovascular health and keeping vision intact. For example, lycopene, an antioxidant which lends to the freshness of watermelons and the characteristic red color, is instrumental in arresting and/or delaying the onset of degenerative diseases. Besides, carotenoids like phytofluene, neurosporene, lutein, phytoene, and beta-carotene are also found in watermelons.