5 Reasons Why You Need More Cantaloupe
By Brandi Monasco
Cantaloupe is one of the best summer fruits you can eat. It is a fruit that is enjoyed by many people because of its sweet, juicy and cool texture. But what you may not know is that cantaloupe is also one of the most beneficial fruits out there you can find.
They are loaded with a high level of different vitamins and minerals that your body needs. Eating a cantaloupe provides many different benefits for your body and your health. They are very refreshing due to the high water content and low in calories, which makes them a great guilt-free summer food.
Here are some of the top benefits of eating cantaloupe:
- Help Lower Blood Pressure. Cantaloupes are filled with potassium, fiber, vitamin C and choline, which all support heart health. Eating foods that are high in potassium help to lower your blood pressure. Just half of a cantaloupe contains 24% of the daily recommended suggestion of potassium. That’s more than a banana!
- Improve Your Eye Health And Vision. Cantaloupes are rich in carotenoids, which are the pigments that give vegetables and fruit their bright colors. Carotenoids offer powerful health protection. “A study in the Netherlands found that eating carotenoid-rich fruits was linked to a 35 percent lower risk in developing age-related macular degeneration” (2007). Cantaloupes also contain vitamin A, which acts as a protection against cataracts.
- Lower Your Risk of Metabolic Syndrome. Eating cantaloupe can lower your risk of metabolic syndrome, which is a cluster of conditions such as increased blood sugar, increased blood pressure, an abnormal cholesterol profile and excessive fat around the midsection. Metabolic syndrome increases your risk of diabetes and heart disease. In one study, women who ate the most amount of fruit, at 12 ounces per day, had the lowest risk of metabolic syndrome.
- Boost Your Immune System. Cantaloupes contain beta-carotene, phytochemicals and a large dose of vitamin C. Each of these work against free radicals and work as a line of defense to keep your immune system healthy. The vitamin C also stimulates the production of white blood cells that seek out and destroy viruses, bacteria and other chemicals that can cause harm to your body.
- Keep Your Skin Healthy. The vitamin A that is found in cantaloupes is also great at maintaining healthy skin. Your body converts vitamin A into beta-carotene that helps in fighting diseases. The amount of vitamin A that is not turned into beta-carotene enters your skin and helps in stimulating the membrane of skin cells and encourages repair and regrowth. Doing this helps protect the membrane against toxins that could cause premature aging.
You can usually find cantaloupe in your grocery store year-round, but their peak season is June, July and August. The next time you see one of these wonderful melons, be sure to pick one up.
When you are deciding on which cantaloupe to purchase, there are a few things you should remember to make sure that the melon is ripe:
- The cantaloupe should feel pretty heavy for its size.
- When you tap on the cantaloupe, it should make a dull, deep sound.
- The stem end should give when it is slightly pressed.
- The end opposite the stem end should have a pleasant aroma.
If you need a place to start with your cantaloupe, try juicing it or creating a delicious fruit salad! Do you have any other favorite ways to use cantaloupe (besides just biting into its juicy meat, of course)? Share with us in the comments below!
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Source: The Doctor’s Book of Food Remedies. (2007). New York, NY: Rodale.
Brandi Monasco is a freelance writer, graphic designer and social media manager from Texas. She graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communication Arts and has recently found a new love for health and nutrition.
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