ALBANY, GA (WALB) - More nutritionists are turning to watermelon juice as an easy way to shed unwanted pounds and improve overall health.
The juicy fruit is 92% water, a great source of vitamin C, and only 71 calories per serving. A 2010 Florida State University study found watermelons can improve circulation and fight pre-hypertension.
Crisp County extension agents said strong demands for watermelons benefit the watermelon capital of the world.
"They may not want to eat them with the texture, but if they like the taste, the juice, if it becomes a health fad, then yeah anything to increase that market can be an increase...a help to farmers," said Justin Lanier, Crisp County Extension Agent.
A 2011 study at an Italian university said citrulline in watermelons improve blood flow and can alleviate erectile dysfunction.
44 states grow the summer favorite. Texas, California and Georgia lead the nation in overall watermelon production.