Cantaloupe is a type of a delicious melon with a greenish skin with net-like rind, with sweet orange flesh; it is also called as mushmelon, Muskmelon or rock melon,
Cantaloupes range in size from 0.5 to 5.0 kilograms, are often green but begin to tan or yellow as they ripen. It is one of only a few fruits that continue to ripen after being picked. This means they can be bought even when they are hard and left to ripen at home.
This is a delicious fruit that is all-too-frequently overlooked; it’s for this reason that we shine a light on some of the health benefits of the fruit
Cantaloupe Health Benefits
Nutrient Diversity of Cantaloupe
Apart from their delicious sweet taste and enticing aroma, cantaloupe melons are excellent sources of minerals, When the edible seeds of the cantaloupe are eaten, this melon also provides a measurable about of omega-3 fat in the form of alpha-linolenic acid
It contains both vitamin C and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids). It also has traces of potassium, a host good of B vitamins (B1, B3, B6, and folate) as well as vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber.
Improved Eye Health, Vision
Cantaloupe fruit provides more beta-carotene than any other melon. Its benefits include preserving eyesight; some research has shown that consuming 3 or more servings of fruit every day may lower the risk of developing macular degeneration by as much as 36%. Macular degeneration is the primary disease behind the loss of vision in aging adults
Lowers Risk of Metabolic Syndrome
Eating cantaloupe can lower the risk of metabolic syndrome, a cluster of conditions that includes increased blood pressure, elevated blood sugar, excessive fat deposition abound the midsection, and abnormal cholesterol profile. Metabolic syndrome often increases risk of heart disease. Other fruits producing a similar effect were watermelon, apples, grapes, and bananas.
Cantaloupe is rich in potassium which normalizes the heartbeat and promotes the supply of oxygen to the brain, thus making you feel more relaxed and focused. It also has superoxide dismutase which combats stress by lowering the blood pressure and relaxing the nerves. It prevents cellular death caused due to oxidative stress
Hydrates and rejuvenated the skin
The watery fruit keeps our skin hydrated and happy. Cantaloupe contains Vitamins K and E which play a major role in keeping your skin healthy and radiant. The high water content hydrates your skin from within. The B vitamins, choline, and betaine keep the skin replenished and rejuvenated. Topical application of cantaloupe juice helps in softening and hydrating your skin
Cantaloupe, because it is high in both fiber and moisture, helps to prevent constipation, promote regularity and maintain a healthy digestive tract.
Ways of enjoying Cantaloupe
Play with the versatility of cantaloupe while reaping the nutritional benefits and enjoying the juicy sweetness
1. Snacking on the seeds
Clean them and roast them like pumpkin seeds for a delicious and nutritious snack
2. Eat it plain or with other fruit.
Cantaloupe is a delicious, sweet, and juicy fruit that you can eat in wedge or chunk form. You can also cut chunks of cantaloupe and add them to a cocktail with other favorite fruits. Cantaloupe can be paired with any fruit you like e.g. Blueberries, strawberries, and blackberries, Bananas, Pineapple and mango, Honeydew and watermelon, Peaches, Kiwi
3. Toss it into a salad.
Cantaloupe can also be eaten with green salads, and it pairs well with a variety of vegetables and lettuce types. Make a cantaloupe salad by combining: Chunks of cantaloupe, Sliced cucumber, Diced red onions , lettuce, Toasted sesame seeds, raisins e.t.c
4. Homemade Hair conditioner
Cantaloupe can be a perfect hair conditioner, they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production, which keeps hair moisturized and healthy all you need to do is mash a cup cantaloupe with a fork and massage your hair with this pulp after shampooing. Wash off after 10 minutes.
5. Blend it into a smoothie.
Because melons are so juicy, they’re great in smoothies. Throw chunks of cantaloupe into a blender with other fruit and whiz it up to make a delicious drink. For a refreshing summer smoothie, add a few ice cubes as well yoghurt to get that creamy taste