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.
- 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)
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
|Calories from Fat||2|
|Total Fat||0 g||0%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrates||9 g||3%|
|Dietary Fibre||1 g||4%|
|Vitamin A68%||Vitamin C||61%|
*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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