ASK THE EXPERTS: IS IT POSSIBLE TO LOVE WATERMELON TOO MUCH?

February 14th, 2016 by The Watermelon Guy

VICTORIA S. ASKS: I’m a huge watermelon fan. Seriously, I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner (and I have!). But my question is, is it possible to love watermelon too much?

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Great question, Victoria. If anyone knows a thing or two about loving watermelon “too much,” it’s someone called “The Watermelon Guy.”

Ever since I could spit my first watermelon seed, I knew I would be a lifer in the watermelon lovers club. (By the way, the watermelon lovers club isn’t an actual thing, but if I had my way, it would be!) It sounds silly, but one of the reasons I’ve been eating watermelon so long (and so often) is for the nutritious advantages it packs.

Don’t get me wrong: I also love watermelon because it tastes like a little slice of heaven. Then again, I also think chicken nuggets are delicious, but I don’t eat those all the time.

But is there such thing as too much watermelon? We asked our nutritionist, Elizabeth Somer, MA, RD, this same question. As she discusses weight management and healthy habits, she says that colorful fruits and vegetables are your best friends. “They are rich in fiber and water, which help fill you up without filling you out,” she says.

When it comes to watermelon, the nutritional benefits are plenty. It’s high in vitamins A and C, it’s 92 percent water, and it’s a key source of potassium. Watermelon also has no fat, cholesterol or sodium, and it’s just 80 calories per serving. I could go on and on, but I think you get the point.

So, to answer your question: no, there’s no such thing as loving watermelon too much. However, I will echo some of Elizabeth’s advice and remind you to maintain a balanced diet consisting of many different foods. My biggest fear is that I’ll eat too much watermelon and eventually get tired of it. It hasn’t happened yet (and likely never will), but why take that chance?

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ONE OF THE MOST DEDICATED WATERMELON LOVERS IN THE WORLD

November 12th, 2014 by The Watermelon Guy

I’ve got many years until I even need to think about retirement (although, it sure would be nice to retire tomorrow!), but there are some folks who happily work full-time jobs well into their golden years. And not because they have to, but because they genuinely love what they do and have no interest in giving it up.

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Novalene Slatton is one of those hard-working members of what Tom Brokaw refers to as “The Greatest Generation.” Novalene is 90 years old and has been working at the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce for more than 20 years. Novalene answers phones for the Chamber of Commerce three days a week and says one of her favorite tasks is raising funds for Hope’s annual watermelon festival.

The money she earns from her job is put to good use, too. She contributes to savings accounts for her three grandchildren, each of whom are in college or recently graduated. Said Novalene in a Yahoo! news article about her work, “I just don’t want to stay at home by myself and look at four walls. So many people have retired, and then they say they’re bored to death.”

Keep in mind, Hope, Arkansas is a hotbed of watermelon-growing activity. In fact, the Hope-Hempstead County Chamber of Commerce website proudly proclaims the region as the “home of the world’s largest watermelons.”

picThat means Novalene knows a thing or two about watermelon, especially because her husband Paul is an accomplished watermelon-grower himself. That’s him and Novalene on the right with some of their impressive crops.

It’s the kind of dedication and determination that we admire in Novalene and that makes her a top choice for one of the most loyal watermelon enthusiasts.

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