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July 29, 2006

'Don't put that melon in the fridge'

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Say what?

Everybody knows ice-cold watermelon is the bee's knees, so why all of a sudden are we being told to keep our watermelon out on the counter at room temperature?

Oh, now I see: the food police have arrived with a writ that says unchilled watermelons are far more nutritious, with a much higher percentage of caretenoids (natural antioxidants linked to various health benefits).

But facts, you say, give me the facts.

OK.

"Ripe watermelons continued to synthesize caretenoids at 21°C [70°F] storage, for example adding 11%-40% of lycopene and 50%-139% of beta carotene, while the caretenoid content of their refrigerated counterparts did not change," wrote Clive Cookson in yesterday's Financial Times.

The study demonstrating the above was performed by Penelope Perkins-Veazie and Julie Collins of the Watermelon Working Group at the U.S. South Central Agricultural Research Laboratory in Lane, Oklahoma and published in the current (July) issue of the Journal of Agricultural and Food Chemistry.

Read the abstract of the scientific report here.

Read the original article in its entirety here.

Note: if you do so you're a better person than me.

In parting, I ask you this question: when did we ever care one whit about the nutritional value of watermelon?

Next thing you know they'll be telling us not to eat cotton candy 'cause it's bad for our teeth.

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Me, my watermelon will stay in my refrigerator until they pry the icy, dripping rind out from between my cold, dead lips.

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