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Health Benefits of Cantaloupe

Cantaloupe



Introduction:



Trinomial name: Cucumis melo var. cantalupo.



Wonderfully delicious and unique musky-flavored cantaloupe or “muskmelon” is a member in the large Cucurbitaceae family. In general, melons feature round or oblong shape, measure 4.5- 6.5 inches in diameter and weigh 450 – 850 gm, oftentimes more than a kilo.





Nutrition Tables



Amount Per 100 grams

% Daily Value*

Total Fat 0.2 g 0%

Saturated fat 0.1 g 0%

Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g

Monounsaturated fat 0 g

Cholesterol 0 mg 0%

Sodium 16 mg 0%

Potassium 267 mg 7%

Total Carbohydrate 8 g 2%

Dietary fiber 0.9 g 3%

Sugar 8 g

Protein 0.8 g 1%

Vitamin A 67% Vitamin C 61%

Calcium 0% Iron 1%

Vitamin D 0% Vitamin B-6 5%

Vitamin B-12 0% Magnesium 3%





Health Benefits:



– Wonderfully delicious with rich flavor, muskmelons are very low in calories (100 g fruit has just 34 calories) and fats.

-The fruit is rich in numerous health promoting poly-phenolic plant derived compounds, vitamins, and minerals that are absolute for optimum health.



– The fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin A, (100 g provides 3382 IU or about 112% of recommended daily levels) one of the highest among cucurbita fruits. Consumption of natural fruits rich in vitamin A has been known to help protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.



– It is also rich in antioxidant flavonoids such as beta-carotene, lutein, zea-xanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen-free radicals and hence; offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial, lung, and pancreatic cancers.



– Zea-xanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eye where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective UV light-filtering functions. It, thus, offers protection of eyes from “Age-related macular degeneration” (ARMD) disease in the elderly.



– It is a moderate source of electrolyte, potassium. 100 g fruit provides 267 mg of this electrolyte. It offers protection against stroke, and coronary heart diseases.



– The fruit also contains moderate levels of B-complex vitamins, such as niacin, pantothenic acid and vitamin C, and minerals like manganese. Commercially, muskmelons are being used to extract an enzyme superoxide dismutase (SOD), which plays a vital role as strong first-line antioxidant defenses inside the human body.

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