The cantaloupe is native to Persia and was later cultivated in Italy.

 

Cantaloupe is a member of the Cucurbit family of plants, along with cucumbers, pumpkins, gourds, and other melon varieties, such as honeydew.

 

The fruit has a hard skin which ranges in colours from yellow to green and once peeled, it reveals a succulent flesh with a plethora of removable seeds.

 

 

Health Benefits

 

  • Provides one of the highest sources of vitamin A per 100 gram serving compared to any other fruit which supplies antioxidants to support vision. (1)

 

  • Plentiful in vitamin C which helps defend the body against infection. (2)

 

  • High in fibre to support digestive functions. (3)

 

  • A good source of B-vitamins which enables the body to metabolise carbohydrates, proteins and fats effectively. (4)

 

  • Cantaloupes are low in sodium, fat, and cholesterol which all help to promote weight loss. (5)

 

  • Contains manganese, a co-factor for the enzyme superoxide dismutase, which is essential for maintaining strong antioxidant defence, healthy mucus membranes and protects against lung and mouth cancers. (6)

 

  • An excellent source of potassium, which helps control heart rate and blood pressure and protects against stroke and coronary heart diseases. (7)

 

Recommendation:

Cantaloupes are often contaminated by pesticides so it is best to buy them organic.

 

Cantaloupe Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 3.5 ounces (100 grams), raw

  Amt. Per 
Serving
% Daily 
Value*
Calories 34
Calories from Fat 2
Total Fat 0 g 0%
Saturated Fat 0 g 0%
Trans Fat
Cholesterol 0 mg 0%
Sodium 16 mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 9 g 3%
Dietary Fibre 1 g 4%
Sugar 8 g
Protein 1 g
Vitamin A68% Vitamin C 61%
Calcium1% Iron 1%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.

 

 

 

 

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