Watermelon Nutrients Like It Warm

October 2006
Tufts University Health & Nutrition Letter;Oct2006, Vol. 24 Issue 8, p3
This article discusses why it's better to store a watermelon at room temperature rather than in a refrigerator. Watermelons contain the antioxidant lycopene, which helps give it its red color. After being picked, watermelons will continue to develop lycopene and beta-carotene, but not if they're cold. Watermelons kept at 70 degrees will have as much as 40% more lycopene and 139% more beta-carotene. Refrigerated melons also decay twice as fast.


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