Why Cantaloupes Are Good For You

by admin on May 26, 2010

cantaloupe

cantaloupe

Eating some cantaloupe daily is sure to improve anyone’s health. These fruits, also known as muskmelons, are quite popular in the United States, where it’s easy to find them in any local grocery store. Because they are so commonplace, some people tend to pass right by them without a second thought. If you’re looking to add some nutrition to your diet, cantaloupe is a great fruit to go with. Increasing your intake of them is a way for you to involve eating healthy food that don’t taste good. They have a rich taste and incredibly pleasant aroma that makes them hard to resist, even for those who don’t particularly enjoy fruits in general.

Cantaloupes are typically grown in tropical climates, although we have now developed technology to grow them in temperate areas. This is great for those of us living in the Northern Hemisphere. Cantaloupes can be eaten raw or in salads or desserts. Some people like to combine cantaloupes with ice cream to make a special treat that’s hard to turn down. No matter how you like to eat your cantaloupe, the important thing is that you get its wonderful nutrients into your body! Luckily, there are cantaloupe recipes that anyone can enjoy.

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cantaloupe

Health Benefits of Cantaloupes

Cantaloupe health benefits are vast, varied, and hard to gain without supplementing with fruit consumption. If you are someone who lacks vitamin A, cantaloupe is a great way to avoid becoming deficient in this essential nutrient without risking taking too many vitamin pills and overdosing (which is a legitimate concern with this particular vitamin). Cantaloupes also contain a high concentration of beta-carotene, which aids in preventing the development of cancer and cells that damage an individual’s oxygen intake. This fruit is even reported to have more positive effects on your eyes than carrots, allowing you to effectively prevent problems like macular degeneration or cataracts.

In addition to the vitamin A and beta-carotene in this fruit, cantaloupes contain vitamins C, B3 (commonly called niacin), and B6; potassium; folate; and dietary fiber. These are nutrients that unfortunately, we often do not get from our regular diet. It is important that we find ways cantaloupesto consume them, and eating some muskmelon is certainly more pleasant than having to take a large amount of supplement pills each day. Scientists have found that the consumption of cantaloupes can reduce sickness, which is a concern even for people who are typically healthy. There’s nothing wrong with working all year round to maintain the proper functioning of your immune system, and it doesn’t hurt to try to strengthen it!

Because cantaloupes are fiber rich fruits, they help to keep your bowel movements regular so that you can avoid having to take laxatives. They also better the body’s metabolism of carbohydrates while increasing the stability of your sugar levels by lowering high blood sugar content. There is not one person who won’t benefit from eating more cantaloupe because this fruit works to prevent problems in the first place. Who wants to get sick and then work on curing the illness rather than avoiding it altogether? Most of us would prefer to lead healthy lives. Eating some cantaloupe here and there is a convenient way to increase your nutrition.

 

{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Markesha September 6, 2011 at 10:53 pm

I am sitting here eating cantaloupe and decided to see the health benefits of this delicious melon. And I must say, now I know the reason why I have not been sick in six years.

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2 Priscilla June 2, 2012 at 10:32 am

Markesha I would like to thank you for posting your experience from eating this delicious melon for six years. I am starting to eat right today.

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3 John August 3, 2012 at 1:43 pm

Markesha, it is very funny! I am doing same thing you did. I just bought a beautiful cantaloupe and I am eating it and googling the health benefits of this sweet melon. LOL. I love it!

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4 Kathleen June 29, 2013 at 4:23 pm

I make a cantaloupe and strawberry smoothie daily. Just cut up half a cantaloupe and place in blender, add fresh strawberries, and ice cubes, and Voila!! Delicious and healthy, and if you need protein you can add a little whey protein powder without taking away any flavor, or other boosts, and it’s cheaper than Jamba juice and without added junk. One cantaloupe can make about two large smoothies.

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5 Wendy January 15, 2014 at 9:10 pm

So funny that Markesha had commented that she was eating Cantaloupe and looked up the health benefits. I was doing the same thing! I was curious as to if it just tasted great or if it was good for me. I have COPD and Ephysema and when I saw the benefits of eating this delicious fruit, well let’s just say I will be eating a lot more of it!

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6 Stephanie March 25, 2014 at 12:15 pm

I just went to the store and bought a pre-sliced bowl of cantalope. I am doing Weight Watchers and decided i wanted to find out how good they are for you………turns out they have no points plus value and they are SUPER YUMMY. My husband taught me how to find the sweetest melon because they are not that good when they are not sweet (my opinion). Look for the smoothest outside and smell it, if it has a strong sweet smell then its good. On the other hand when I buy pre-sliced I look for color and moisture. If the pieces look a nice orange color and they look moist, if they are light colored and look dry i will not buy them.

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7 YapCheng April 7, 2014 at 2:56 pm

Hilarious! this is the fruit that bonds us together! I am also on WW; I am not fond of fruits but cantaloupes brings back memories of my youth when my grandma would make a smoothie with milk and ice. So I am eating this large bowl (that I also buy pre-sliced!) when I checked WW it has zero points. The carb is pretty high which was why I Googled for nutrient information, but all I could see are good things!

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