Cantaloupe is a certain type of melon that belongs to the cucurbitaceae family.
The fruit may come in a light yellow-orange to a dark salmon hue with a hollow cavity in the center that is filled with seeds. With its sweet and tempting aroma, no wonder cantaloupe is America’s favorite melon.
The origin of cantaloupes is quite hard to ascertain, although specific records and illustrated references trace cantaloupe to Biblical times in Egypt and Greece. On the second voyage of Christopher Columbus in 1494, he brought with him melon seed to North America.
Let’s check out the loads of health benefit you can get from these fragrant melons…
This superfruit comes in a low calorie goodness, with only 100 kcal in an average size melon. A nutrient dense fruit that contains loads of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants including lutein, beta- carotene, cryptoxanthin and zeaxantihin.
They contain a large amount of beta-carotene and is converted by our body into vitamin A. Beta carotene can help reduce the risk of developing cataracts and replenishes lost vitamin A due to smoking and also those exposed to second-hand smoke. Cantaloupe is also a good source of vitamin C, an antioxidant that rids your body of free radicals, which can damage your cells resulting in various diseases including premature aging. Vitamin C also builds up your immune system to take out viruses, bacteria and other foreign bodies that try to enter your body.
Cantaloupe contains a rich amount of adenosine, a compound that can effectively prevent blood clotting in your cardiovascular system. It is also packed with potassium to normalize your heartbeat and enhances supply of oxygen to the brain, thus making you feel focused and relaxed. When included in your regular diet, cantaloupe can lower your risk of metabolic syndrome, a condition which is actually a dangerous combination of any of several risk factors like high blood sugar, unhealthy cholesterol level, high blood pressure, and abdominal fat. Eating edible seeds of cantaloupe can also provide you with a good amount of omega-3 fat.
Netted type melons are considered as one the leading carriers of salmonella. These bacteria settle into the melon bumpy skin forming a polymer biofilm that not even a diligent cleaning can remove thoroughly. Although the threat can be minimized by taking some safety measures when eating cantaloupe like using a very sharp knife when cutting them, using a separate cutting board and washing your hands and tools well with soap and hot water.
Cantaloupe fun facts: Cantaloupe seeds were brought by Armenians to a town in Italy called Cantalupo in the 16th century and were planted in the Papal Gardens, and the name cantaloupe was adapted by this melon type since then.
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