Food For Thought: Cantaloupe Is An Anti-Aging Wonder

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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.

About Karen Roth

Hi. My name is Karen Roth, and I’m a Holistic Nutritionist. Okay, I know what you’re thinking… quick, hide the food; the snack police is here! No need to panic. I describe myself as a “practical” nutritionist, one who doesn’t go to extremes one way or the other and understands that life is challenging enough without having to torture yourself by cutting out many of the things you enjoy. Most of us have limited time to shop for food and to cook healthier meals. And a one-size-fits-all approach does not work when it comes to what and how we all eat. Trust me, I get it.

In my early years out of college when I was bartending, my eating and drinking habits were anything but healthy. But, then you grow up and start thinking about the bigger picture and listening more to what your body is telling you. My pre-nutritionist days were on the corporate treadmill where stress and snacking at the desk was part of my daily routine. Never enough hours in the day and proper eating was always at the bottom of my list.

It wasn’t until I broke my jaw in a freak accident that my food life really changed. When you’re wired shut for two months and denied the food you need for your very existence, you begin to look at the world a little differently. When I healed myself, primarily by creating my own foods I could sip through a straw, I decided to pursue something that was always of interest to me… nutrition. Pulling the plug on the corporate treadmill, I went back to school for three years to get my Masters Degree in Holistic Nutrition. I then opened a practice in Valencia, California, and I’m pleased to say that over the years I have helped so many people improve the quality of their lives by helping them make simple changes in their diets and lifestyle.

Eating healthy doesn’t have to be time-consuming or tasteless, and it is my intention to bring you practical tips each week on how to fit in nutrition one bite at a time. In addition to being practical, I’m also positive so you don’t have to worry that I am going to be Debby Downer and tell you that everything you put in your mouth is going to kill you. Instead, I will offer you easy to implement, simple strategies to help you improve your health. I’ll be introducing new foods (that taste good – because I don’t eat anything that tastes like sawdust or is unappetizing) and new habits that are realistic. I hope you’ll join me as a regular reader and together we’ll build the healthier you with FOOD FOR THOUGHT.

(Karen Roth, MS, NC is a graduate of Hawthorn University’s Master of Science in Holistic Nutrition training program. She helps her clients to take control of their health with foods choices that best support their specific health condition and specific metabolic type and believes that every ill health condition can benefit and possibly improve from a solid foundation of healthy foods choices. Visit her website at

  • MonaVie

    I really love cantaloupes. I eat them as desserts or snack and I just love it.