Cantaloupe Melon rough skin isn’t exactly pretty, it’s the inside that counts with these melons. The fruit (also known as muskmelon) is part of the gourd family and is known for being super-hydrating and sweet.
The fruit’s soft, juicy pulp and sweet flavor also make it the perfect substitute for high-calorie sugary snacks and desserts. One cup has just 60 calories! And since cantaloupe is 90 percent water, it’s also the perfect fruit to help with hydration during those hot and sticky summer months.
Mildly sweet and juicy flavor
Their high water content helps ward off dehydration and combat the heat while their refreshing taste provides a guilt-free, low maintenance dessert for kids and adults alike. The mildly sweet and juicy flavor of cantaloupe makes it a perfect fruit for even the pickiest palates.
Cantaloupe’s Melon are also commonly known as muskmelons, mush melons, rock melons and Persian melons. They are a member of the botanical family Cucurbitaceae, along with honeydew and watermelons.
Eye health and possibly ward off damage
Cantaloupe’s Melon Health Benefits
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like cantaloupe’s decreases the risk of obesity, overall mortality, diabetes and heart disease while promoting a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy and overall lower weight.Continue reading to find out more about how the specific nutrients in cantaloupe can benefit your health.
Age-related macular degeneration
The antioxidant zeaxanthin, found in cantaloupe’s, filters out harmful blue light rays and is thought to play a protective role in eye health and possibly ward off damage from macular degeneration.
A higher intake of all fruits (3 or more servings per day) has also been shown to decrease the risk of and progression of age-related macular degeneration.
The risks for developing asthma are lower in people who consume a high amount of certain nutrients. One of these nutrients is beta-carotene, found in yellow and orange fruits like cantaloupe’s, pumpkin, carrots and leafy greens like spinach and kale. Vitamin C is another important nutrient that may protect against asthma and is found in abundance in cantaloupe, as well as citrus and tropical fruits.
The fiber, potassium, vitamin C and choline content in cantaloupe all support heart health. Consuming foods that are high in potassium can help to decrease blood pressure. Getting enough potassium is almost as important as decreasing sodium intake for treatment of hypertension (high blood pressure). Foods that are high in potassium include cantaloupe, pineapple, tomatoes, oranges, spinach andbananas.
High potassium intakes are also associated with a reduced risk of stroke, protection against loss of muscle mass, preservation of bone mineral density and reduction in the formation of kidney stones.
Diets rich in beta-carotene from plant foods like cantaloupe may play a protective role against prostate cancer, according to a study conducted by the Harvard School of Public Health’s Department of Nutrition. Beta-carotene has also been shown to have an inverse association with the development of colon cancer in the Japanese population.
Because it is high in both fiber and moisture, helps to prevent constipation, promote regularity and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
With its high water and electrolyte content, cantaloupe is a great snack to have on hand during the hot summer months to prevent dehydration.
Choline is a very important and versatile nutrient in cantaloupe that aids our bodies in sleep, muscle movement, learning and memory. Choline also helps to maintain the structure of cellular membranes, aids in the transmission of nerve impulses, assists in the absorption of fat and reduces chronic inflammation.
Skin and hair
Eating fruits like cantaloupe are beneficial for your hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production, which keeps hair moisturized and healthy. Vitamin A is also necessary for the growth of all bodily tissues, including skin and hair.
Adequate intake of vitamin C is needed for the building and maintenance of collagen, which provides structure to skin and hair. One cup of diced cantaloupe provides 97% of daily needs for vitamin C.
Also contributes to overall hydration, which is vital for having healthy looking skin and hair. You can even use it as a hair conditioner! Mash together cantaloupe chunks and avocado, smooth onto hair and leave on for 10 minutes to replenish moisture and add shine.
Contains an abundance of antioxidants
One cup of diced melon (about 156 grams) contains 53 calories, 0.3 grams of fat, 13 grams of total carbohydrate, 12 grams of sugar, 1.4 grams of fiber, 1.3 grams of protein, 106% the daily value for vitamin A, 95% vitamin C, 1% of calcium and 2% of iron needs. A one-cup serving also provides 5%, or more of the daily value needs for vitamin K, niacin, vitamin B-6, folate, magnesium and potassium.
This melon contains an abundance of antioxidants including choline, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene, all of which provide protection against a range of diseases and conditions from the common cold to cancer.
Beneficial for your hair
Cantaloupe’s Melon Pops recipe
Makes 4 pops
- 3 cups cantaloupe, diced
- 1 lime
- Combine the juice from one lime and cantaloupe in a blender.
- Blend for thirty seconds, or until mixture is pureed and smooth.
- Pour into four popsicle molds and freeze for at least eight hours. (Pro tip: Don’t have a popsicle mold on hand? Pour into Dixie cups, freeze for four hours, insert popsicle sticks into the center of each pop, and freeze for at least 4 more hours.
- Enjoy on a hot day!