[NAFEX] Watermelons Are Healthier When Served Warm(warning)

tanis grif tanisgrif at yahoo.com
Mon Jul 31 21:04:33 EDT 2006

Please note the health warning.  I heard somewhere that cut melons are pretty good
bacteria growers.

--- "Brungardt, Sam" <> wrote:

> Watermelons Are Healthier When Served Warm 
> 07.31.06, 12:00 AM ET 
> MONDAY, July 31 (HealthDay News) -- For many Americans, nothing is
> better on a hot day than biting into an ice-cold slice of watermelon.... 
> "But we don't want people to think they can take cut watermelon and just
> leave it out in room temperature, because that's a safety issue,"
> cautioned Perkins-Veazie. 
> "If it's cut, you want to leave it in the fridge," she advised. "If it's
> uncut, it's perfectly alright to leave it on the counter for a day or
> two, and if you like cold watermelon -- which a lot of people do -- it's
> perfectly alright to put it in the fridge to let it cool down a little
> before eating it." 
> Lona Sandon, an assistant professor of clinical nutrition at the
> University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, agreed that
> food safety takes precedence over antioxidant concerns. 
> "But you can leave certain fruits sitting out," she added. "If you're
> not going to eat it right away, they don't have to be taking up space in
> your fridge. In fact, there are several fruits that ripen better when
> left out -- peaches, bananas -- that not only end up having better
> nutrient quality but also perhaps better taste." 
> Connie Diekman, director of nutrition at Washington University in St.
> Louis, did not think the study considered all the nutritional factors
> related to the temperature issue. 
> "I could not find where they looked at some of the water-soluble
> nutrients in the melon which we know are very sensitive to light and
> air," Diekman said. "So, I would be curious to know if there were
> changes to any of those on a negative side that might have offset this
> positive." 

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