Cantaloupe is an excellent source of Vitamins A and C. These are powerful anti-oxidants that can prevent and repair damage done by free radicals . . . those nasty chemicals that lead to disease and cause our bodies’ to age.
In addition to Vitamin A, cantaloupe contains a good amount of beta-carotene and beta-carotene is what gives it that rich orange color but it is also great for the health of our vision and for prevention of cataracts.
Cantaloupe is a heart healthy food also. It’s a very good source of potassium that helps maintain healthy blood pressure. It is a good source of both folate and B6 which breaks down homocysteine in the blood. Homocysteine is an amino acid in the blood that when elevated can lead to stroke and heart disease.
Choosing cantaloupe is easy. It will not ripen after it’s been picked, so for the most flavorful and nutritious, choose ripe ones. First smell it. It should have a sweet aroma, and should feel heavy for its size. Once you get it home, it will last about 5 days.
If plain sliced cantaloupe is too boring for you, try using half a cantaloupe as a bowl and fill it up with cottage cheese, and sprinkle with pumpkin seeds, or fill it Greek yogurt and top with chopped nuts. I like to prepare a unique fruit salad by taking chunks of cantaloupe and squeeze some lemon or lime juice over, and then toss with goat cheese and balsamic vinegar. And if you like a nice frozen treat during warmer days, whip up some cantaloupe in a blender and freeze. It comes out like sorbet! You may want to add some Xylitol to it to give it that extra sweetness.
This is a great fruit to add to your diet, because of it’s nutrients that support heart health and healthy vision. It’s delicious, and low in calories at 56 calories for a cup of cubed cantaloupe.