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Watermelon: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

By Jessie Szalay, Live Science Contributor |  October 7, 2014 08:17pm ET

Watermelon: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts

Watermelons are mostly water — about 92 percent — but this refreshing fruit is soaked with nutrients. Each juicy bite has significant levels of vitamins A, B6 and C, lots of lycopene, antioxidants and amino acids. There's even a modest amount of potassium. Plus, this quintessential summer snack is fat-free, very low in sodium and has only 40 calories per cup.

Scientists have taken notice of watermelon's high lycopene levels — about 15 to 20 milligrams per 2-cup serving, according to the National Watermelon Promotion Board — some of the highest levels of any type of fresh produce. Lycopene is a phytonutrient, which is a naturally occurring compound in fruits and vegetables that reacts with the human body to trigger healthy reactions. It is also the red pigment that gives watermelons, tomatoes, red grapefruits and guavas their color.

Lycopene has been linked with heart health, bone health and prostate cancer prevention. It's also a powerful antioxidant thought to have anti-inflammatory properties, according to Victoria Jarzabkowski, a nutritionist with the Fitness Institute of Texas at The University of Texas at Austin.

To really maximize your lycopene intake, let your watermelon fully ripen. The redder your watermelon gets, the higher the concentration of lycopene becomes. Beta-carotene and phenolic antioxidant content also increase as the watermelon ripens. Nevertheless, "All parts of the watermelon are good. There are a lot of nutrients throughout," said Jarzabkowski. This includes the white flesh nearest the rind.

Another phytonutrient found in the watermelon is the amino acid citrulline, which converts to the amino acid arginine. These amino acids promote blood flow, leading to cardiovascular health, improved circulation, and according to research at Texas A&M University, erectile dysfunction improvement (you'd probably have to eat a lot of the fruit to get a Viagra-like effect, though).

Here are the nutrition facts for the watermelon, according to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which regulates food labeling through the National Labeling and Education Act:

Nutrition Facts

Serving size:

2 cups diced

(10 oz / 280 g)

Calories 80

Calories from Fat 0

*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

Amt per Serving %DV*   Amt per Serving %DV*  

Total Fat 0g 0%   Total Carbohydrate 21g 7%

Cholesterol 0mg 0%     Dietary Fiber 1g 4%

Sodium 0mg 0%      Sugars 20g  

Potassium 270mg 8%   Protein 1g  

Vitamin A 30%   Calcium 2%

Vitamin C 25%   Iron 4%

Health benefits

Heart health

Watermelon's high levels of lycopene are very effective at protecting cells from damage and may help lower the risk of heart disease, according to a study at Purdue University. Also, the fruit's concentrations of citrulline and arginine are good for your heart. Arginine can help improve blood flow and may help reduce the accumulation of excess fat. A study published in the American Journal of Hypertension found that watermelon extracts helped reduce hypertension and lower blood pressure in obese adults.

Anti-inflammatory properties

 "The lycopene in watermelon makes it an anti-inflammatory fruit," Jarzabkowski said. Lycopene is an inhibitor for various inflammatory processes and also works as an antioxidant to neutralize free radicals. Additionally, the watermelon contains choline, which helps keep chronic inflammation down, according to a 2006 article published in Shock medical journal.

Reducing inflammation isn't just good for people suffering from arthritis. "When you're sick, you have cellular damage, which can be caused by a variety of factors including stress, smoking, pollution, disease, and your body becomes inflamed," Jarzabkowski said. "It's called 'systemic inflammation.'" In this way, anti-inflammatory foods can help with overall immunity and general health.


"Watermelons are the perfect example of a food that can help you stay hydrated," said Jarzabkowski. Their water content can help keep you hydrated, and their juice is full of good electrolytes. This can even help prevent heat stroke.


The watermelon contains fiber, which encourages a healthy digestive tract and helps keep you regular.

Skin and hair benefits

Vitamin A is stellar for your skin, and just a cup of watermelon contains nearly one-quarter of your daily recommended intake of it. Vitamin A helps keep skin and hair moisturized, and it also encourages healthy growth of new collagen and elastin cells, according to the Cleveland Clinic. Vitamin C is also beneficial in this regard, as it promotes healthy collagen growth.

Muscle soreness

Watermelon-loving athletes are in luck: drinking watermelon juice before an intense workout helps reduce next-day muscle soreness and heart rate, according to a 2013 study published in the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry. This can be attributed to watermelon's amino acids citrulline and arginine, which help improve circulation.

Cancer prevention

Like other fruits and vegetables, watermelons may be helpful in reducing the risk of cancer through their antioxidant properties. Lycopene in particular has been linked to reducing prostate cancer cell proliferation, according to the National Cancer Institute.

Health risks

If eaten in reasonable amounts, watermelons should produce no serious side effects. If you eat an abundance of the fruit daily, however, you may experience problems from having too much lycopene or potassium.

The consumption of more than 30 mg of lycopene daily could potentially cause nausea, diarrhea, indigestion and bloating, according to the American Cancer Society.

People with serious hyperkalemia, or too much potassium in their blood, should probably not consume more than about one cup of watermelon a day, which has less than 140 mg of potassium. According to the National Institutes of Health, hyperkalemia can result in irregular heartbeats and other cardiovascular problems, as well as reduced muscle control.

Jarzabkowski also warned watermelon lovers to be mindful of their sugar intake. "Though watermelon's sugar is naturally occurring, [watermelon] is still relatively high in sugar."

Watermelon facts

Some fun facts about watermelons, from the National Watermelon Promotion Board and Science Kids.   

The watermelon (Citrullus lanatus) is related to cucumbers, pumpkins and squash.

The watermelon probably originated in the Kalahari Desert in Africa.

Egyptians placed watermelons in the burial tombs of kings to nourish them in the afterlife. The first recorded watermelon harvest is depicted in Egyptian hieroglyphics from about 5,000 years ago.

Merchants spread the use of watermelons along the Mediterranean Sea. By the 10th century, watermelons had found their way to China, which is now the world's top producer of watermelons.

The Moors in the 13th century brought watermelons to Europe.

The watermelon likely made its way to the United States with African slaves.

Early explorers used watermelons as canteens.

The first cookbook published in the United States in 1776 contained a recipe for watermelon rind pickles.

About 200 to 300 varieties are grown in the United States and Mexico, but only about 50 varieties are very popular.

By weight, watermelon is the most consumed melon in the United States, followed by cantaloupe and honeydew.

The watermelon is the official state vegetable of Oklahoma.

All parts of a watermelon can be eaten, even the rind.

Guinness World Records says the world's heaviest watermelon was grown by Lloyd Bright of Arkadelphia, Arkansas, in 2005. It weighed 268.8 lbs. (121.93 kg).

The United States ranks fifth in the worldwide production of watermelons. Forty-four states grow watermelons, with Florida, Texas, California, Georgia and Arizona leading the country in production.

A seedless watermelon is a sterile hybrid, which is created by crossing male pollen for a watermelon, containing 22 chromosomes per cell, with a female watermelon flower with 44 chromosomes per cell. When this seeded fruit matures, the small, white seed coats inside contain 33 chromosomes, rendering it sterile and incapable of producing seeds.

11 Surprising Reasons You Should Smile Everyday

Whether you woke up on the wrong side of the bed, picked a fight with a loved one or struggled through that morning commute to a job you don’t particularly enjoy, it can be a tough task to plaster a smile across your face when you’re feeling less than chipper.

But by choosing to smile, happy changes start to occur automatically, both internally and externally. Great power lies in a random smile, so long as you choose to share it with the world.

Here are 11 reasons why it’s worth showing those pearly whites daily — even when you don’t necessarily feel like it.

Smiling can improve your mood.

Our facial expressions do more than communicate our current mood — they have the ability to influence our mood as well. Emotions may originate in the brain, but the muscles in the face either reinforce or transform those feelings. Recent studies have revealed that through the enhancement of positive emotions — or the suppression of negative ones — with facial expressions, a person’s mood begins to align more strongly with the emotion his or her face is communicating.

Even fake smiles do the trick.

While some researchers insist the benefits of smiling can only be rendered from a geniune expression of happiness, others have found that a forced smile can still make you feel happy, even when your existing mood and surroundings suggest otherwise. It only takes smiling for a brief period of time to experience its benefits — no matter how contrived it feels initially. In this case, maybe it’s OK to fake it a little.

Smiling helps reduce stress.

In a 2012 study published in the journal Psychological Science, University of Kansas psychological scientists Tara Kraft and Sarah Pressman studied 170 participants who were told to hold chopsticks in their mouths in three formations, making them smile to various degrees without realizing it, after performing a stressful task. The experiment revealed that subjects who smiled the biggest with the chopsticks experienced a substantial reduction in heart rate and quicker stress recovery compared to those whose expressions remained neutral.

Smiling makes you more approachable.

A 2004 Penn State University study found that authentic smiles shared by employees in the service industry influenced their impressions on customers in a positive way. Smiling employees came across as more likable and friendly, and customers left the interactions feeling more satisfied about their overall experience. While job performance and the busyness of the venues were also factored into subsequent experiments, the researchers found that the added display of an authentic smile helped workers appear more competent as well.

A smile makes you seem more trustworthy.

From a psychological perspective, a person who is smiling appears more trustworthy than a person who is either frowning or holding a neutral expression. In a University of Pittsburgh study, researchers explored the potential connection between a model’s level of attractiveness, the intensity of her smile and her perceived level of trustworthiness. Study participants ranked 45 models on these three conditions, revealing that the bigger the models smiled, the more trustworthy they seemed.

Smiling actually retrains your brain for the better.

While the brain is naturally inclined to think in negative terms as a defense mechanism, the habitual act of smiling helps the mind move to a more positive space and remain there longer the more you do it. According to Shawn Achor, the author of The Happiness Advantage, by making smiling a part of our everyday practice, we help our brains create happiness loops that encourage more positive-thinking patterns.

“Happiness is a work ethic,” wrote Achor. “It’s something that requires our brains to train just like an athlete has to train.”

Smiles are contagious.

Ever notice how often a friend or colleague will reciprocate a smile after you share one? There’s a scientific explanation for that phenomenon. According to neuroscientist Marco Iacoboni, we all posses something called mirror neurons, cells in the premotor cortex and inferior parietal cortex that are activated when we perform a given action as well as when we witness someone else performing it. And when it comes to smiling, mirror neurons respond to the acts of both seeing and doing.

“The way mirror neurons likely let us understand others is by providing some kind of inner imitation of the actions of other people, which in turn leads us to ‘simulate’ the intentions and emotions associated with those actions,” Iacoboni told Scientific American. “When I see you smiling, my mirror neurons for smiling fire up, too, initiating a cascade of neural activity that evokes the feeling we typically associate with a smile.”

Smiles may strengthen the body on a cellular level.

 Just as this happy facial expression helps rid the body of stress, smiling can release tension on a cellular level as well, according to biochemist and artist Sondra Barrett. In her book, Secrets of Your Cells, Barrett explains how cells can distinguish between safety and danger, find and repair problems and create an overall sense of balance within the body. She also highlights how a person’s thoughts have a direct effect on cell function. When we smile, we reduce the rigidness of our cells, and this physical relaxation can help combat the risk of stress-induced cell mutations that can lead to the development or persistence of various cancers.

Smiling boosts your productivity.

The benefits of putting a grin on your face at the office don’t begin and end with a mood boost; that dose of happiness can help make you a more productive employee as well. In 2010, a team of economic researchers found that happiness has a significant and causal effect on productivity in the workplace. And just as the positive emotions prove invigorating, negative ones are equally draining.

Smiling makes you more creative.

This same mood boost can get those creative juices flowing. A 2013 study from the University of California, San Francisco explored this connection in men and found that those who were happier had a more comprehensive approach to problems, improving their ability to think of more solutions than their negative-minded counterparts. The researchers connected this finding to the release of dopamine triggered by happiness, since the neurotransmitter is involved in learning, processing and decision-making.

Smiles are free!

This all-around mood booster is one of the few available to you each day at no cost whatsoever. So why not take advantage of your own power to create happiness?

Aleena Hall - Huffington Post


18 Food Cravings & What Your Body Really Wants

Food cravings don’t have to put an end to your healthy eating habits. They can be your body’s way of telling you what its really needing in order to function at its best. Here’s how to interpret the hidden meanings behind the most popular food cravings.

This is what your body is actually craving when those junk food cravings hit you…

When You Are Craving…

1. Chocolate

This is the granddaddy of all cravings, and one that you don’t want to ignore. It’s not surprising that chocolate pops up as the most common craving, because it works on our endorphins and makes us feel good. It’s not such a bad thing to crave feeling good, so you don’t want to deprive yourself of chocolate long-term.

What your body really wants is Magnesium

Aside from the effect it has on the chemistry of the brain, chocolate also contains magnesium, a mineral that is vital to several functions of the body, including relaxing blood vessels and providing us with energy.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Have a serving of dark chocolate. It has the magnesium your body is asking for, without the added sugar in milk chocolate. Let’s face it, nothing satisfies a chocolate craving but chocolate, you just have to demand a better grade of chocolate. Alternative sources of magnesium if you’ve had too much chocolate recently are nuts and seeds, many types of legumes, and some fruits like bananas and avocados.

2. Bread

Bread shows up all over the place, as the bookends to most sandwiches, a side to soup, and the foundation for a pizza. It’s no surprise that it’s a popular craving because it’s become an ingrained habit in our modern world. But it’s been shown again and again that eating too much bread can lead to weight gain due to the toll it takes on blood sugar levels, and the high carb count.

What your body really wants is Amino Acids

Your body needs some help in the amino acid department, as it can’t make the essential amino acids it needs on its own.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Instead of bread try getting your amino acids from nuts, fish, and eggs. Or better yet, try a serving of quinoa, which contains a complete set of all essential amino acids, as well as a full serving of fiber, and an assortment of vitamins and minerals.

3. Coffee

There are a ton of reasons why you might be craving coffee, but the most likely one is that it contains an addictive chemical in it: caffeine. If you take your coffee with plenty of sugar, you might also be craving the sugar, which we’ll cover next.

What your body really wants is Energy

When you instinctively reach for the coffee in the morning, what you’re really in search of is energy. The problem with getting your energy from a stimulant like caffeine is eventually it wears out, and often leaves you feeling more depleted than before you consumed it. What your body needs, what it craves, is real energy from natural sources.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Try going with a smoothie in the morning rather than coffee. If you still want some caffeine to go along with it try our Green Tea Smoothie which uses a natural source of caffeine in the green tea and can help promote weight loss.

4. Sugar

One craving that is hard to kick is a sugar craving. This is because there are so many sugar-laden temptations lurking around every corner. Many of these sweets offer nothing in the way of nutrition, and are merely a way to satisfy your sweet tooth and leave you feeling regretful after you eat them.

What your body really wants is Glucose

Your body does need some glucose to make it through the day and keep your blood sugar levels where they should be. Abstaining from all forms of sugar may not be a sustainable goal. Just be sure that along with your glucose you’re getting vitamins, minerals, and fiber as well.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Use fruit as your source of sweet. They contain fructose as well as glucose and will provide you with antioxidants and other nutrients that makes them a satisfying snack when you’d otherwise be munching on cookies and other sweet treats.

5. Fried Foods

Craving fried foods is only natural since they tend to smell so good when you’re cooking them, and taste so good when you’re eating them. They send massive pleasure signals to the brain, which is why it sometimes seems that you can’t go too long between doses fried, fatty foods.

What your body really wants is Healthy Fat

If you’ve been on a mission to cut fat out of your diet, it’s time to bring back the healthy fat that’s actually helping you feel full and lose excess fat from your body.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Be sure you’re getting a supply of healthy monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats in your diet. Great sources are avocados, which also provide minerals and fiber, as well as nuts like almonds and cashews. If you do fry foods, try frying them up in coconut oil for a rich, buttery taste and even more healthy fat.

6. Alcohol

Alcohol is an addictive substance, so it’s no shock that your body is requesting it again. The main problem with alcohol is the direct effect it has on the liver, and the trickle down effect from having a liver that isn’t functioning at its best.

What your body really wants is Minerals

 It may sound strange, since too much alcohol will actually sap your body of minerals, but that’s what it’s craving when you’re in search of a cocktail. Potassium and calcium are two of these minerals, and you could also be in need of a protein boost.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Order a virgin drink and you’ll get all of the flavor without the alcohol. Many mixed drinks will contain juices with Vitamin C so you can still have fun without doing damage to your body. If you’re expecting a big night out, be sure to top up on your vitamins and minerals to minimize the toll it will take on your nutrient levels.

7. Fizzy Drinks

Sometimes a nice effervescent beverage is what you crave, but did you ever stop to wonder why? Aside from the novelty, there could be a deeper meaning behind this craving.

What your body really wants is Hydration

It could be that you’ve associated the fuzzy feeling on your lips with fluid intake, and your body is drawn to these beverages because it is seeking hydration. But these drinks are usually full of sugar, caffeine, and other chemicals, and can have a dehydrating effect.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Opt for mineral water instead, as it contains minerals that can help you instead of acting to deplete the minerals you have. Better yet, simply drinks distilled or spring water when you find yourself craving a soda or cola. If the desire is still there hours later then you know it’s not due to dehydration and you might want to let yourself satisfy the craving once in a while.

8. Salty Snacks

Walk down the snack aisle of any grocery store in America and you’ll see the predominant features is they all contain salt. Salt reigns supreme in the world of snacking, and there’s no doubt about why it shows up in just about every snacking staple

What your body really wants is Sodium

Even the Mayo Clinic advises that your body needs sodium, but you’ll want to make sure that it comes from the right sources, not from table salt or the industrial-grade salt they use in snacks. This form of salt leads to fluid retention, which can increase your overall body weight as well as your blood pressure.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Go with Himalayan pink salt or sea salt as natural sources of sodium that will actually help your body by regulating your fluids, rather than hinder it the way excessive table salt can. If you’ve recently indulged in a salty snack or meal be sure to get some exercise so you can help sweat out the excess sodium.

9. Fast Food

We’ve quickly turned into a fast food nation, and you can’t drive a few miles in most populated areas without passing a fast food restaurant of some sort. Often all it takes is seeing a familiar logo to trigger a craving for your favorite combo.

What your body really wants is A Balanced, Satisfying Meal

Most fast food restaurants will group their offerings into “meal deals” which strikes a chord with your body, since what it really wants is to feel satisfied after a meal.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Of course it’s better to make your own meals than to eat fast food, and what you’ll want to focus on if you’re trying to kick the fast food habit is the feeling of satiety after a meal. To do this make sure you are eating balanced meals with a lean protein, a non-starchy carb, and healthy fats.

10. Pizza

Pizza has a special place in the American Diet, and is one of the most commonly ordered items. The combination of a carb-laden crust, melty cheese, and toppings customized to your personal tastes makes it hard to pass up. But what is the real foundation behind that pizza craving?

What your body really wants is Fatty Acids

Pizza is ultimately a fatty food, and if you’ve noticed that you have had a hankering for fatty foods as of late it could mean that you are running low on important fatty acids, and your body is trying to make amends.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Make sure you are getting enough fatty acids from healthy foods like salmon, flax seeds, and walnuts, and see if that doesn’t put a dent in your pizza cravings. The occasional pizza order will not set you back too far, as long as you keep your portions in check, so just make sure that you are not eating it as a way to compensate for fatty acid intake.

11. Cheese

Cheese pops up as a craving when you’re trying to lose weight, and is often the undoing of well-meaning dieters. But why is it so hard to resist cheese, and why does it show up on the Do Not Eat list of so many diet programs?

What your body really wants is Calories

Cheese is high in calories, and even a one ounce serving gives you about 100 calories. If you’ve been following a calorie-restricted diet you may have noticed that your desire for cheese has been on the rise because your body knows it will quickly make up the deficit.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Make sure that you are still getting enough calories to make it through the day without intense cravings. Eat foods that contain healthy levels of calories and also provide you with vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients that will keep the cheese cravings at bay.

12. Acidic Foods

Acid-forming foods come in all different forms, and sometimes just because a food tastes acidic doesn’t mean that it is. A sampling of acidic foods includes corn, wheat, cranberries, butter, bacon, and more. Lemons and limes are actually alkalizing when consumed.

What your body really wants is Magnesium

Magnesium is a very important mineral, one that can help keep you calm under stress, help you sleep at night, and generally improve your quality of life. If you start running low your body will attempt to compensate by seeking out acidic foods in hopes of getting your magnesium levels up.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Get a good supply of magnesium-rich foods and you’ll notice that your desire for acidic foods will wane. You can also boost your intake of alkaline foods to help keep your body alkaline. The good news is that many foods high in magnesium are also alkaline.

13. Soups and Liquid Foods

Have you noticed that you’ve been seeking out soups, shakes, smoothies, and other liquid forms of food instead of solids? Your body could be trying to tell you something.

What your body really wants is Water

Try getting your water intake up and see if that curbs your craving for liquid foods. The body only has a few signals to tell your brain what it wants, and wanting to drink your food is one way that it’s saying you should drink more water. It’s easy to fall behind on water intake, and to develop the routine of not getting enough during the day.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Getting enough water can be a hard habit to start. Work your way up to it gradually rather than overnight. Drink half of your body weight in ounces as an ideal.

14. Cold Foods

Eating cold food can slow down your digestion, so you don’t want to do that unless it’s summertime, and your body is trying to keep its cool. Medicine Plus shows that heat emergencies can arise when temperatures and humidity levels climb too high, so you have to be aware of what that’s doing to your body and any cravings you might be having.

What your body really wants is To Cool Down

 If your body is running too hot it’s going to want to cool itself down quickly, and the best answer to that is with cold foods. But you’ll want to make sure that it’s not a case of dehydration and that you’re not using food to make up for a lack of water.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Keep cool on the inside and out, and if you know you’re going to be in the sun and working up a sweat you’ll want to take extra steps to maintain proper hydration levels.

15. More and More Food

Overeating has almost become an American pastime, but it’s one of the worst things you can do for your health and wellness. The dangerous aspect of overeating is that it tends to form a habit, and you may develop

What your body really wants is Well-Balanced, Portioned Meals

When a meal is lopsided, whether with too many carbs or too much protein, the natural instinct is to eat more of it to make up for the imbalance. Turn your attention to the ratio of carbs and protein in your meals, and see how this has a direct effect on how you feel after eating a reasonable portion for your body size.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Avoid putting yourself in a situation where the food quantities are endless, or where you’re expected to eat more than a plate’s worth of food. Stick to what’s on your plate and give your stomach time to tell your brain you’re full.

16. Carbohydrates

Carbohydrate cravings are one of the most popular cravings for those trying to lose weight by watching their carb intake. It’s no surprise that you’re craving the thing that you’re abstaining from, especially if you used to eat plenty of foods that were high in carbohydrates.

What your body really wants is Vitamins and Minerals

 Going low or no-carb could leave you deficient in important vitamins and minerals found in fruit and other sources of food that have been labeled “carb heavy”. If you’ve taken on a carb restricted diet you could be doing yourself a disservice and limiting your intake of important nutrients, causing carb cravings.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Choose the right sources of carbohydrates, the ones that give you the most nutritional bang for the carbs you’re taking in. All carbs are not the enemy, just the ones that don’t provide much in the way of nutrients for all of the carbohydrates they contain.

17. Protein

If you find yourself craving protein you’ll definitely want to take notice, because you need enough of it in order for your body to carry out basic functions with its various systems. Starve yourself of protein long enough and you’ll start to see negative side effects, according to John Douillard of LifeSpa.

What your body really wants is Protein

This one is an easy one, if your body is asking for more protein there isn’t anything else you can give it but the protein it needs. Perhaps you’ve taken in too many carbs and your craving is a way for the body to tell you to balance things out a bit with a serving of protein.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Even though you may be craving fatty protein sources, you’ll want to make sure that you’re eating high-quality, lean protein that’s preferably organic. That piece of fried chicken might be what you’re craving, but you’d be better served, nutritionally speaking, with a grilled chicken breast.

18. Nothing At All

If your appetite has gone away and you’re not craving anything at all, you might think that it’s because you’re totally satisfied. But it could be that you’re not getting enough vitamins and minerals, so it’s important to assess why you’re not in the mood for food anymore.

What your body really wants is Zinc

One mineral in particular that could be causing your lack of appetite is Zinc. This is an important mineral that affects your taste buds, and is one that your body needs daily. Run a shortage for long and you’ll find it hard to work up a taste for anything, since your ability to taste the food has weakened.

Here’s how to stay healthy: Check out this list of foods high in Zinc, and also be sure to eat a variety of fruits, vegetables, nuts, and legumes to cover all of your nutritional bases. This should be done over a series of days, and you should see your appetite return to normal. If your lack of appetite is persistent check with your doctor to uncover potential causes.




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