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Watermelon-best fruit to keep people's hydrated for long hours in Ramazan.

PESHAWAR -- Watermelon is one of the best fruit source available in local markets in abundance to keep fasting people hydrated for long hours during hot weather owing to its highest water contents and energy besides numerous other health benefits during Ramazan.

The nutritious fruit with sweet watery pink flesh is being sold like a hot cake in Peshawar due to 92pc water in it to keep people hydrated for many hours to beat scorching heat during Ramazan.

In Peshawar, the sale of watermelon has increased manifold as all the city's fruits markets are flooded with different types of watermelons, attracting people of all ages and income groups during Ramazan.

Top fruits markets at Firdus, Hashtnagri, Nothia, Gulbahar, Board, Tehkal and Hayatabad besides Chamkani are flooded with small and large size watermelons, attracting buyers of all income groups mostly poor, middle and lower middle class due to its affordable price.

It has been brought from southern KP, Punjab and Sindh provinces by traders and businessmen to lucrative markets of Peshawar to earn maximum profit keeping in view of people's high demands besides its supply to newly merged districts of erstwhile Fata and Afghanistan.

A 10 kilogram watermelon is being sold at Rs300 to Rs350 in local markets in Ramazan against Rs 250-260 available in normal days.

'Watermelon is my first choice during Ramazan due to its enormous qualities and high water contents,' said Khurshid Khan, an employee of semi Govt organization while busy in shopping in Firdus market.

He said its prices are higher in Ramazan than normal days and should be checked by the district administration.

Dr Riaz Khan, senior medical and children specialist told reporter that watermelon was very useful for people especially during Ramadan because it keeps people hydrated for long hours due to about 92pc water in it.

He said it was not only a great source of energy and water but also very useful in managing diabetes, support heart, avoid kidney disorders, reduces asthma attack and weight gain.

Dr Riaz said watermelon can help negate effects of severe heat and reduces risk of heat strokes and advised labourers, traffic policemen and fruits vendors to use it regularity in large quantity and make part of their diet to avoid heat strokes.

He advised people to consume it after 9 pm after Iftaar to avoid vomiting, gas and indigestion complications.

Dr Riaz said watermelon is extremely useful for patients with kidney and hypertension problems and the kidney of those people who used watermelon during Ramazan, remains healthy.

'It also protects persons' nerve function, eradicating inflammation, help balance pH level and prevent exhaustion besides minimizing risks of prostate cancers.'

'This fruit is full of vitamins and minerals include vitamins A, B6, C, magnesium and potassium, which is extremely beneficial for people's health,' he maintained.

He said it was clear from research that watermelon juices can actually reduce blood pressure and may even provide cardio-protection to keep heart healthy and working smoothly besides useful for people confronted with hair loss problems.

The senior doctor advised people especially senior citizens not to use it in large quantities soon after meal to avoid nausea, diarrhea, vomiting, gas and indigestion complication.

He warned patients with high sugar levels to take this delicious fruit in consultation with their physicians.

The senior doctor recommended use of watermelon for those, who had to work in the sun for a longer period of time to avoid heat stroke and dehydration during Ramazan.
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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:May 23, 2019
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