Watermelon-cheese, the invariable duo of nutrition during the summer months … The refreshing flavor of watermelon, combined with a cheese rich in protein, creates the sweet-salty balance. This taste, which is good for the digestive system, also helps meet the body’s fluid requirements. However, excessive consumption of this delicious duo can lead to health problems. AcÄ±badem Maslak Hospital Nutrition and Food Specialist YeÅim Ãzcan stressed that the watermelon-cheese combination should not be consumed excessively and said, âThis duo can be consumed once a day. as a snack and a maximum of 3 to 4 times a week. Too much can cause a range of problems, from acne problems to high blood sugar and fatty liver, âshe warns.
Do not eat as a main meal
Watermelon, rich in water, is one of the most popular fruits for cooling. Nutrition and dietary specialist YeÅim Ãzcan, who also explains that watermelon is good for muscle and joint pain due to its potassium content, says: âDrinking watermelon juice, especially after exercise, is very beneficial for the muscular system. In addition to its many benefits, watermelon is a fruit with a high sugar content, its excessive consumption can therefore trigger alarm bells, especially in diabetic patients. For this reason, nutrition and dietary specialist YeÅim Ãzcan, who noted that consuming cheese, which is a good source of protein, along with watermelon helps to balance blood sugar levels and prolong the period of fullness. , and draws attention to the fact that these two are one of the most suitable options used for snacks in diets. Referring to the downsides of consuming watermelon-cheese alone as a meal, YeÅim Ãzcan said, âBecause watermelon has a high sugar content, it increases insulin secretion and causes belly fat. Consuming too much cheese can also mean excess fat and salt in the body i.e. weight. For this reason, the amount of serving must be taken into account in the watermelon-cheese pairing, âhe warns.
Pay attention to the size of the portions!
So what is the ideal serving size? Nutrition and food specialist YeÅim Ãzcan says two thin slices of watermelon and one slice of cheese will suffice as a snack, and notes that the best time to control appetite is the afternoon snack. YeÅim Ãzcan explains that various health problems are encountered when these suggestions are not taken into account, and gives information about it as follows: âWhen watermelon is consumed excessively, the blood sugar balance is disturbed and this causes a faster hunger and overeating. In addition, since the stomach and intestines are affected, problems such as gas and bloating can occur. Another danger is the risk that the excess sugar in watermelon can cause problems such as fatty liver. Excessive consumption of cheese can also turn into blood pressure problems due to salt, acne on the skin, and being overweight due to its high fat content.