Watermelon sometimes gets a bad rap for being high in sugar—after all, one slice has 18 grams of sugar. But, compared to another summer snack (ahem, like ice cream), watermelon is way more nutritious. Plus, science says it’s one of the best fruits for fat and weight loss!

In one study published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry, researchers fed one group of mice watermelon extract for 12 weeks, and another group of mice none. At the end of the study, those that had been fed watermelon extract, had lost more body weight and fat mass compared to the non-watermelon eating group. While more research on humans is needed to confirm watermelons weight loss benefits, Taub-Dix gives watermelon the green light. “You probably don’t want to eat the whole melon, but it’s totally fine to eat when you’re trying to lose weight.”

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