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Watermelon may be the new coconut

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Core Tip: Everyone remembers when the coconut took center stage and became the next food trend.
Everyone remembers when the coconut took center stage and became the next food trend. Whether it was smeared in creams or drank as water, it took the world by storm.

Now, a new trend is rising and rather than coconut water, it involves watermelons. Watermelon juice and its seeds are gaining popularity for their health related benefits.

The water, said to be "the future of clean hydration" will take over as "the new coconut water", with claims it's packed with electrolytes and L-Citrulline (an amino acid that reduces muscle soreness and boosts performance).

Dietitian Dr Joanna McMillan says there is some nutritional merit for the seeds as, like any other seed, the watermelon pips contain key nutrients such as good fats and fibre.

As for the juice however, McMillan isn't convinced. "I think it's another fad," she says.

"Watermelon water is high in sugars [even if naturally present]. When it comes to hydration, people just need water. But, if you're looking for health benefits, eating [the fruit] whole is the best option for a low kilojoule treat."
 
 
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