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Benefits and Side Effects of Eating Watermelon

Updated on September 27, 2016
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Rajan is a major in Botany and Chemistry. Has worked as a poultry breeder for 23 years of his career breeding layer & broiler parents.

Watermelon is a fat-free fruit and is a good source of Vitamins A, B6, and C. It also contains Potassium and the antioxidant plant phytochemicals lycopene and citrulline. Lycopene is what gives watermelon the pink, bright red, and sometimes deep red color.

Lycopene is a very strong antioxidant.The mineral potassium can help lower blood pressure and also aids the proper functioning of all body organs. The phytochemical citrulline benefits the heart and circulation.

It is estimated that 1 1/2 cups of watermelon contains between 9 and 13 grams of lycopene. A cup of watermelon contains 50 calories, 15 mg Vitamin C, 585 IU Vitamin A, and 186 mg potassium.

With all this in mind, watermelon is a healthy fruit that can give rise to side effects if eaten in too much abundance.

Negative Effects of Over-Eating Watermelon

Intestinal
Cardiovascular
Allergic
Blood Sugar
Nausea and vomiting
Irregular heartbeat
Mild or severe rash
For insulin-resistant people, may elevate blood sugar and triglyceride levels
Diarrhea
Weak or absent pulse
Facial swelling or anaphylaxis
 
Bloating, gas, and indigestion
In extreme cases, cardiac arrest
May effect those with allergy to latex, carrots, or cucumber
 

Over-Eating Watermelon

It has been found that consuming 30 mg or more of lycopene per day can cause side-effects. This include:

  • Intestinal disturbance

Excessive consumption of lycopene rich watermelons can cause symptoms like nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, bloating, gas and indigestion. This can be more serious for the elderly, as their digestive systems are more sensitive due to age.

  • Cardiovascular Problems

Watermelon contains very good quantities of potassium. Three cups of watermelon contain about 560 mg of potassium. However, high levels of potassium in the blood can cause cardiovascular problems like irregular heartbeats and weak or absent pulse. High potassium levels can also affect the nervous system and motor control. This is all the more important for those who suffer from kidney dysfunction, as their kidneys are unable to remove the excess potassium.

  • Allergic Reactions

Some people may develop allergic reactions to watermelon consumption, which can result in mild to severe rashes, facial swelling, or anaphylaxis. Those suffering from allergy to latex, carrots, or cucumber may be more prone to watermelon allergy.

Benefits of Eating Watermelon

  • Viagra-like Effect on Men

Citrulline in watermelon is converted into the aminoacid arginine by the body. This increases the nitric oxide levels, which in turn has a relaxing effect on the blood vessels. A study done at Texas A&M University shows that this relaxing effect on the blood vessels is similar to what the active drug in Viagra, sildenalfil, causes. Thus, consumption of watermelon may enhance libido.

  • Reducing Blood Pressure

In those with prehypertension, watermelon consumption may help lower blood pressure. A study conducted by Florida State University indicates that watermelon also improves arterial health and its function. The arginine, that is the result of citrulline conversion, gives this beneficial effect.

Disclaimer

The information provided in this article is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Please consult your physician or health care provider before taking any home remedies, supplements or starting a new health regime.

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      nmdonders 4 years ago

      I love watermelon. This is great information and I was unaware of most of it. Great job and thanks for sharing.

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      JCielo 4 years ago from England

      I love watermelon but you have certainly opened my eyes here! Voted up, interesting and shared Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ nmdonders - Thank you for visiting and commenting. Glad you found it informative.

      @ John - Glad to see you and thanks for coming by. Appreciate the votes and sharing. Thank you.

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      Yvonne Spence 4 years ago from UK

      I found this very interesting because I love watermelon. We don't get too much of it in this part of the world, so don't think I'm in any danger of eating it to excess.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Melovy, watermelons are a healthy fruit no doubt. This just a caution to go easy on not only watermelon but on good things in general. Even good food in excess upsets the digestive system, as we know.

      Glad you liked. appreciate the comments. Thank you.

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      Pamela Oglesby 4 years ago from United States

      Very good information on watermelon, which is one of my favorite fruits for summer. In my situation I don't think I will have to worry about the negative effects, but they are good to know. Useful hub.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for your feedback, Pamela. appreciate your stopping by.

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      Sounds mostly good to me. I eat watermelon everyday in the summer..not large quantities...I love it. I enjoyed the information here, and feel really good about eating. No side affects..Thanks for sharing and a vote up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Watermelon is a healthy fruit no doubt, we should not go overboard with its consumption. This was my main contention in writing this hub, Carol.

      At normal consumption levels there are absolutely no side effects.

      Thanks for stopping by. Nice to see you again.

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      IAmForbidden 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

      i love watermelons too.. thanks for this info rajan. amazing hub

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi spy,

      Glad you liked the info. Thanks for visiting.

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Well that was interesting; I didn't even know there were negative effects from eating watermelon. As always you have provided some great information here my friend.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Bill,

      These negative effects are if watermelon is consumed in excess. Under normal conditions, there is no cause for worry. Thank you for reading and commenting. Glad to see you.

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      My most favorite thing about summer (besides the lack of snow) is watermelon. I love the smell of it almost as much as I love eating it! Great information, Rajan! I'll be sure to watch my intake so I don't run into any of those nasty side effects!

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      Harsha Vardhana R 4 years ago from Bangalore

      up!

      I rarely take watermelon. Your hub provided me many interesting details! So I can take it more frequently

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      TT, that should be fine! Great healthy fruit if we eat sensibly.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 4 years ago

      Love love love watermelon. I did not know about the blood pressure lowering effects. I always like to find out how good things are for me that I already like to eat. Thanks.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      GTW, glad you found something of value in this hub. Always a pleasure to see you here. Thank you.

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Yummy watermelon! This is one nutritious and healthy fruit. I like that I could buy the seedless variety, this way I won't be spitting seeds at anyone :) Fab hub Rajan!

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      Nithya Venkat 4 years ago from Dubai

      I never knew that there is a down side to eating water melons. Thanks for the information. Voted up.

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      Dana Strang 4 years ago from Ohio

      These hubs of yours on various foods are among my favorites!

      This is incredble! Just about everyone knows that fruits and veggies are full of vitamins and minerals. But I never imagined there could be so much to cause effects like these. Wow! I am a big fan of watermelon. Thanks for such interesting info on one of my favorite fruits!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Harsha - yes you can! Thanks for reading.

      @ Sunshine - Thanks for your input. Your visit always spreads bright light on here.

      @ Vellur - Nithya, glad you found the info useful. Nice to see you here. Thanks.

      @ Dana - Nice to see you and glad this info is appreciated. Thanks for stopping by.

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      alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Though I do like watermelon, I have never experienced any of the bad side effects you mention. Maybe it's because I don't eat too much at one sitting. Voting this Up and Interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Aurelio, in excess even good food is bad. This is just a caution not to go overboard on even healthy foods as even they might cause some health issues.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      JP Carlos 4 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Wow, I never thought the this fruit can do so much. To think I simply ate them to fight the summer heat.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, jpcmc.

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      Levertis Steele 4 years ago from Southern Clime

      This is very useful information. Thanks for sharing!

      I voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for reading and commenting, Levertis.

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      Deborah 4 years ago from Las Vegas

      Rajan, I guess I have been eating too much watermelon, I definitely feel the intestinal distress. Thanks for the info, I had no idea watermelon had so many side effects! Thanks again! Very useful and voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      eHealer, you just need to cut down a bit on the consumption and it's going to be okay. Glad I was able to provide this info to you.

      Thanks for reading and voting.

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      Healthy Life 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      Great information on watermelon. I wonder how much you would have to consume to experience the negative side effects. I rarely hear people consuming too many fruits and vegetables that result in anything negative but I guess it's possible. This is one fruit we only seem to eat in the Summer so no danger of overdosing. Voted up!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for your input healthylife. I agree that normally we do not go overboard with fruit consumption. But since watermelon is a fruit that cools in the hot summer some of us may consume it in excess. Hence the caution.

      Thanks for reading and appreciate your visit.

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      Patty Kenyon 4 years ago from Ledyard, Connecticut

      I was truly unaware of the bad side effects of eating watermelon!! We only have it a few times a year, but I do know many that eat it on a regular basis. Thank-you for sharing this information!!!

      Voted Up, Interesting, Useful, and Shared!!!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi rajan, I love watermelon, but I didn't realise that it could have side effects if eaten too much, great information and thanks, nell

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      Ruchira 4 years ago from United States

      Great read, rajan

      Did not know about these side effects of this fruit. Thanks!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Patty, there is no harm in consuming it on a regular basis. the onlt point here is to avoid gorging on it.

      Thanks for all the votes, the read and the sharing. Glad to see you here.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Nell, glad you found the info useful. Thanks for reading and leaving your comments. Nice to see you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Ruchira,

      These side effects should not be a worry to those who consume it in moderation. This listing is to spread awareness about the ill effects of overconsuming watermelon.

      Thanks for reading & commenting. Always a pleasure to see you here.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Wow, great information Rajan! You never cease to amaze with food facts! When I was young I was always told not to eat the seeds of watermelon, I always wondered if there was any truth to that. They would give me silly reasons you'd tell a kid. Do you know if there's any validity to their claims?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kim, I'm not aware how this wrong notion of watermelon came to be. I've personally eaten quite a few seeds while consuming watermelon a number of times. Nothing happened to me.

      In fact, naturopathy and Ayurveda suggest use of watermelon seed water to treat high blood pressure and swellings around the ankles. So how can it be harmful.

      Rest assured, one can roast and eat them.

      you can read more at this linkhttp://www.livestrong.com/article/478318-are-water...

      Glad you asked.

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      Sasha Kim 4 years ago

      Oh yay! Thank you Rajan ^_^ Wow I had no idea they were calorie dense too! Wonderful, I'm needing to up my calories lately so I might try roasting them like you said. I must share this! ^_^

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks for sharing Kim. Just consume the seeds in in moderation as they are calories rich. Appreciate your sharing.

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      Gypsy Rose Lee 4 years ago from Riga, Latvia

      WOW Seriously I just thought watermelon was a water based fruit. Eat as much as you want. Thanks for this useful and interesting hub. Passing this on.

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      Shelley Watson 4 years ago

      Great hub on one of my favourite fruits. As you always manage to find a few things I didn't know, it's such a pleasure to read your articles. Do you think the makers of Viagra need to be worried? LOL Voted up, interesting and useful.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Gypsy, now that you know that watermelon can have side effects that are not welcome, it is best to go easy on its consumption. Thanks for stopping by and sharing it too.

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      Letitialicious 4 years ago from Paris via San Diego

      Oh dear, I'm definitely at risk of eating too much watermelon! I will try to curb my appetite for it, but it's gonna be tough!

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      Sophie 4 years ago from United Kingdom

      I'm glad you wrote about watermelon allergy.

      When I was a kid my parents made me eat loads of watermelon, although I always felt terrible after eating it. They thought it is just a kid's tantrum (everyone else LOVES watermelon in my family) - but later, when I grow up I turned out to be allergic to ragweed and got a pamphlet about this problem.

      It turned out that that my allergy can cause some kind of cross-allergy with fruits like watermelon: no serious problems or symptoms, but feeling down and indisposition can occur. So this is a very important thing and hopefully more and more parents will find out.

      I'm not mad at my parents at all though - I really was a whiny child :).

      Anyway, thanks for sharing this - voted up + useful and shared!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Shelley, always a pleasure to read your comments. Glad you found the hub informative. Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Letitia, I'm sure you can do it, now that you know why! Well, thanks for reading and commenting. You do have a very uncommon name but interesting for sure. Is this your real name?

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      zsobig, I'm glad you shared your personal experience. This should make one realize that even good things in excess can have some bad side effects. I'm glad it wasn't worse worse for you.

      Thanks for reading, appreciating, voting and sharing the hub.

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      Lightshare 4 years ago

      I always enjoy watermelon's beauty and sweetness, was not aware of these cautious factors. Thanks for a valuable information rajan -)

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      Janis Leslie Evans 4 years ago from Washington, DC

      Enlightening! Thanks for this informative hub.

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      jennzie 4 years ago from Lower Bucks County, PA

      Great information! Watermelon is one of my favorite fruits... I didn't realize that eating too much of it could cause negative side effects, though.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ Lightshare - thanks for reading and commenting.

      @janshares - thank you.

      @ jennzie - glad you gained some useful info. Thank you.

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      Barbara Kay Badder 4 years ago from USA

      This is an excellent hub. I didn't know too much potassium in the blood was dangerous. My children are diabetic and you are right their doctors recommend eating watermelon.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Barbara,

      Thanks for reading and I appreciate your comments. I'm glad this provided you the needed info.

      Thanks for visiting.

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      L.L. Woodard 4 years ago from Oklahoma City

      I had no idea about most of the information you've provided about the side effects, positive and negative, from eating watermelon.

      I know the fruit is mostly water, but does it have fiber value?

      Interesting hub; voted up and shared.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      L.L.Woodard, watermelon has about 5% dietary fiber. Glad you found the info useful & interesting. Yhanks for reading and passing it on.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      Rajan another great hub.. I am so thankful that you post these hubs about different foods and our health.. You are such a caring person

      blessings

      Debbie

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Debbie,

      I'm thankful to readers like you who goad me on to write more of these healthy hubs by their constant support and appreciation.

      Thanks for being so supportive and visiting yet again. I'm honored to receive such fine compliments from you. Thank you.

      Have a great day.

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      Deborah Brooks Langford 4 years ago from Brownsville,TX

      I have shared this on cooking time and TOPS (take off pounds sensibly) on Facebook.. Let me see if you are a member if not I can invite you.. your hubs are so great.. they need to be shared.. '

      Debbie

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks a lot Debbie. You are too kind.

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      Mike Pugh 4 years ago from New York City

      This was a wonderfully informative health conscious article Rajan, my wife loves to consume watermelons for her juicing and all. We never really heard of a negative side effect of drinking to much of it before, and so this info is not only relevant, but very useful in learning much more in great detail as to not overdo it all.

      Thanks so very much for being such a great research expert on all this awesome info, and for providing so much of it in fine tuned details as well, for we are all learning new things daily as well as nightly, and with this volume of informative writings, and knowledge you share with us all helps to make things more understandable for sure.

      Wonderful job bro, and keep them coming I just love your writings indeed, thumbs up, shared on my Pearltrees location for your best hubs I've been sharing worldwide, and also getting shared elsewhere. Nice one!

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      Ryem 4 years ago from Maryland

      I learned a lot from this hub. There are some very interesting facts in it. Thanks for sharing.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ CloudExplorer - Mike thanks for so many kind words. It has been my endeavour to make things simpler to understand and I'm glad you like this. I appreciate the read and sharing you've been doing,bro.

      Thank you very much.

      @Ryem - I'm glad you found this useful. Thanks for visiting.

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      Peggy Woods 4 years ago from Houston, Texas

      As always, I learn more by reading your hubs on various foods. This one on watermelon was no exception. My husband does not particularly like the taste of watermelon as compared to other melons, but I like it. Fortunately there are smaller ones available for sale. Up votes and will share.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Peggy,

      Thank you for reading my hubs on healthy foods and finding them informative. Preference for foods is a personal choice.

      Thanks for your input, votes and sharing. Glad to see you.

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      [ Danson Wachira ] 4 years ago from Nairobi, Kenya

      Hi Rajan,

      Watermelon is in top five among the fruits that i like most, even my young son seems to like it a lot. Am a bit worried about the side effects that you have listed up there like Cardiovascular problems, i guess we ought to be more careful. Thanks for giving us this useful information, voted up and useful.

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      point2make 4 years ago

      Wow!!! I had no idea that watermelon had any negatives at all. I have often consumed rather large portions of this fabulous fruit and it is one of my favorites. Thank-you for this incredible information...more please!

      Voted this great hub up.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      point2make, the thing is not to go overboard with even good foods. Glad you found this info helpful.

      Thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Hi Danson,

      Nothing to worry really unless of course one really gorges on watermelon. Moderation is key on all fronts.

      Thanks for reading and voting.

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      Rumana 3 years ago from Sharjah, UAE

      I love watermelon, but didn't had so much information about its side effects. Thanks for sharing it. voted up Useful

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Rumana thanks for reading and commenting.

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      Kas 3 years ago from Bartlett, Tennessee

      Well I'm glad you wrote this, I honestly didn't know the bad side effects to eating watermelon. Again, another thing that's a favorite of mine to eat, and I can eat half a watermelon without blinking an eye. I'm amazed I haven't had a heart attack yet! Great hub Rajan.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks Kas. I hope you stay well.

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      moonlake 3 years ago from America

      I love watermelon and if I get a good one I eat to much. My cousin and I use to go into the cotton fields and watermelons grew between rolls of cotton. We would break the watermelon open and eat it warm right in the field. My aunt would have a fit because we were a sticky mess from all the juice when we got home. Voted up and shared.

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      Mary Craig 3 years ago from New York

      You have truly outdone yourself with this one...many surprises here about watermelon. There are few people in the US who don't like watermelon but I hazard to guess there are fewer who know the bad effects of the summer fruit they love. Thank you for this helpful and informative hub.

      Voted up, useful, and interesting.

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      Jaye Denman 3 years ago from Deep South, USA

      Informative hub. I've always liked the taste and texture of watermelon, but even as a child could only eat a few bites without it making me sick. Remembering how bad it made me feel keeps me from ever doing more than tasting watermelon.

      Voted Up+=

      Jaye

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @ moonlake - there can't be any better thing to beat the summer heat than watermelon. I can imagine how thrilling it must have been for you.

      Thanks for coming by to read and share.

      @ Mary - These bad effects accrue only if consumed in excess much like any other food eaten in excess would. Thanks for the visit and it's always good to see you.

      @ Jaye - I'm sorry to learn this but may be this is something one can't do much about. Still, I really appreciate your stopping by and commenting.

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      idigwebsites 3 years ago from United States

      I also love watermelon, and also its dried seeds. But thanks for your warning about overeating them. As we say, too much is bad, even on things that are good for you. And I'm also surprised about its Viagra-like effect... watermelon, then, is considered an aphrodisiac. Voted up and useful. :)

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      idigwebsites, glad you found the hub informative. Thanks for taking time to read and leave a feedback.

    • Sandhya 3 years ago

      Hey Rajan,

      Can you tell me how much watermelon juice good per day. I some times drink 5/6 glassess per day. Specially on fasting days. Or 2/3 glass (8 oz) per day. I am nearing 50 years of age.

    • Corine 3 years ago

      I should have read this before I went overboard. At least now I know why I feel so unwell.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Thanks.

    • Rizwan Khan,Hse 2 years ago

      i started suffering from low blood pressure after eating too much watermelon.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Watermelon reduces blood pressure. Therefore do not consume in excess, Rizwan Khan.

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      Shelly Wyatt 2 years ago from Maryland

      great information thanks for sharing, watermelon is my favorite summertime fruit. yummy so good.

    • Arpitha 20 months ago

      Water melon is an amazing summer fruit, I'm enjoying this fruit from past 4 years which is good to health suggested by eVaidya.com doctor, but this commercial activities in selling this fruit is damaging the importance of the fruit by disturbing the nature elements of it and using chemicals..

      Nice post thank you for sharing..

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      @velzipmur, thanks for stopping by and good to know you like the information on your favorite summertime fruit.

      @Arpitha, I agree a lot of unhealthy activities are indulged in by growers and traders as well these days which is damaging our health instead of improving it. I can just say be careful while purchasing any edibles. Thanks for visiting my article.

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      point2make 20 months ago

      Thank-you for all the information about my favorite fruit. I was not aware of many of the benefits you list.....At least I don't have to feel guilty the next time I indulge. Good hub!

    • walibooks 19 months ago

      thanks for good information

    • Keith Duncan 18 months ago

      I didn't know that watermelon had all these health benefits. Thanks

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 18 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Keith, thanks for reading and leaving appreciative comments.

    • Cynthia 15 months ago

      Thanks for the information

    • Abbie B 7 months ago

      Thanks for your article! I have been feeling so nausious today and keep having to use the bathroom and could not figure out why...But now it all makes sense..Last night I consumed a large bowl of very ripe watermelon and today its all I ate all day! Do you know how long it takes for the nausious feeling and diharea to go away? Thanks for the Hub!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      I'm sorry to learn about this. You ought to see a doctor.

      Meanwhile, it would benefit if you take lemon/lime water with just a pinch of black salt added to it. Just squeeze out juice of 1/2 a lemon/lime in a glass of water. Add the black salt and drink.

      Keep your water intake up to prevent dehydration. You should be back to normal in about 2 days.

    • Cora 7 months ago

      I can eat a small amount of watermelon and feel sick, it happens every time. I love it but I cant eat it, I also get really sick if I eat banana. I always wondered why this happened to me. Thank you for the info !

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 7 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Cora, sometimes certain things do not suit our constitution and we just cannot do anything about it. Better off avoiding it. Sorry to learn about your problem. Thanks for visiting.

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      FlourishAnyway 7 months ago from USA

      One of my favorite foods and with Summer's abundance I probably do eat too much of it!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Flourish, watermelon's so sweet and juicy that no wonder one over consumes it. Thus this hub as a caution. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Pastor Johnny Dee 6 months ago

      This is a good article, but there is some signifcant medical misinformation that needs to be addressed: "This is all the more important for those who suffer from kidney dysfunction, as their kidneys are unable to remove the excess potassium. Hyperkalemia is found to result from kidney dysfunction."

      This is not true. Some kidney disorders do cause hyperkalemia, but others such as Gitelman syndrome (which I suffer from) actually cause hypokalemia. In short: I cannot retain potassium, as my body insists on wasting it (along with magnesium, sodium, and chloride). Your warning is appropriate for most people, but the blanket statement that all kidney disorders result in hyperkalemia is incorrect, and should be fixed. Cheers, though, for an otherwise great and well-researched article!

    • Paula 6 months ago

      Thought I had a virus but was eating a whole watermelon a week so on a fluke I decided to see if there were side affects from that and everything I was experiencing - nausea, gas, headaches, vomiting were all caused because I over did it on this delicious summer fruit. Am now off of it until my body regulates itself. Moderation is the key word! Tomatoes aee also in the same league so I will not eat my tomato sandwiches right now. Really makes you feel bad - even had irregular heartbeats.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Pastor Johnny Dee, thanks for this clarification to the caution mentioned in my article. Much appreciated. Thank you.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Paula, you are right. Moderation of everything, good food included, is of utmost importance. Thank you for sharing your experience.

    • Jeffrey S Moyer 6 months ago

      Overall I feel better on a serving or two of watermellon for breakfast and a bedtime snack.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 6 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Jeffrey, as I have said earlier, it is the total quantity that one has at a time that matters. Moderate or normal consumption is fine.

    • Kathryn 5 months ago

      Pretty interesting article! I noticed for myself whenever I eat overripe watermelon or watermelon that has sat out too long I keep getting sick from it. I know when I eat too much I get lots of gas pain but when I eat it overripe or slightly rotten I get egg burps, terrible gas and upset belly. Then the diarrhea hits. This always starts a few hours after consumption. I experience the same with lettuce. I keep wondering what it is. I'm guessing a bacteria that may form while breaking down? I know this can be from overconsumption but this hasn't been the case many many times. I don't consider one cup of watermelon too much do u? So if there's any relevance between the two I'd be interested in hearing. Also i do wash my melon beforehand! Often with soap and water but this time I forgot to use soap and just rinsed it.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Kathryn, overripe fruits can cause upset stomach in certain people because they are extra sensitive to it. There is increased bacterial activity & sometimes even fermentation starts and this is usually the cause in fruit past their ripeness.

    • Kathryn 5 months ago

      Ok that makes sense. Thank you!

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      You are welcome Kathryn.

    • Deborah 4 months ago

      I ate too much watermelon and boy did I pay for it, projectile diarehha all night. I never ate that much watermelon before. Normally just couple of slices. I know better now - the hard way.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Deborah, sorry to learn about this. You are informed now. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Amy 3 months ago from Colorado Springs

      I love watermelon and really enjoyed this article. It is becoming harder to find watermelon with the seeds, but when I do I love to eat them. They have a delightful nutty flavor!

    • Aj 3 months ago

      Have been eating watermelon at lunch a lot and have noticed extreme gas shortly after eating. Odd.....

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Well, that's one side effect of having lot of watermelon.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 2 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      veganfitspiration, glad you liked the article. Thanks for stopping by.

    • A Person with Common Sense 2 months ago

      Hey, I like your attempt on the article however you are mistakenly misinformed. Firstly, 560 mg of potassium? That amount is not even close to a high amount on a daily basis from watermelon. The optimal healthy diet not like the western diet here is a 2.5 to 3/ 1 ratio of potassium to sodium. You can have over 4500 mg of potassium per day so your argument for cardiocascular problems is completely false. Also you talk about over eating watermelon will cause intestinal disturbances? So will the alternative which is most western diets of enriched flour and dairy be any better? Everything has side effects but if you're talking about overeating on a fruit or processed crap which most north americans would choose to eat, then you're the fruit is a much better alternative. You dont think frozen pizzas, tomato pastes and high fat and sugar content foods wont cause intestinal problems? Sorry id rather over eat on watermelon. What a ridiculously false-leading article. Go learn some research on optimal health and stop basing your facts and dietary ideologies on a western diet because it isnt a good diet to start with.

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