The high liquid content of watermelon, along with the natural sugars and fiber, make it the perfect snack. However, its much more than just a snack. Tomatoes are highly touted for their high content of the immune strengthening antioxidant lycopene. The fact is that watermelon actually contains more lycopene (40% actually) than tomatoes. If you bring one home, keep it out even once its cut instead of refrigerating it. This may sound strange, but you get the most benefit this way. Room temperature watermelon can continue producing antioxidants for up to two weeks.
Primarily used for seasoning, onions are high in vitamin C, fiber, folate, and vitamin B-6. They also contain large amounts of quercetin, which can help relieve allergies and has also been known to have anti-cancer effects. Studies have shown that people who eat the most onions can reduce their risk for oral cancer by 84%, colon cancer by 56%, breast cancer by 25% and prostate cancer by 71%. Red onions have the most quercetin, but pink shallots have a wider mix of antioxidants.
Looking at the light green color of most lettuce would generally lead one to believe that it doesnt have the nutrients of other vegetables, but this is not the case. Iceberg lettuce contains lutein and zeaxanthin, which are carotenoids that reduce the risk of cataracts and age related macular degeneration. Add a salad at the beginning of a meal to get some of these benefits, and youll also likely eat fewer overall calories due to feeling more full and satisfied.