10 Amazing Benefits Of Cantaloupe
Cantaloupe’s are one of the most overlooked fruit on the planet. I’m always surprised by this; cantaloupes are a cornerstone of my diet, and I buy at least five each week.
I have friends who are into healthy eating, but even they took a while to get onboard the cantaloupe train. For me, there is nothing as special as sinking your fangs into an appetising, delicious, juicy and refreshing cantaloupe in the middle of summer. It’s what summer’s were made for!
Cantaloupe’s are also referred to as rock melon, mush melon, Persian melon, and even musk-melon. They’re look exotic and they’re bursting with flavour. But what’s more, they’re stuffed with all kinds of essential nutrients, including vitamin A, C and K, as well as calcium, iron, potassium and magnesium.
If you’re looking to get healthier without having to resort to bland and boring foods, here are 10 reasons cantaloupe is good for your health, (and your taste buds).
Cantaloupe Keeps Your Eyes Strong
Many of us take our eye health for granted. If we don’t need glasses, we’re on top of the world. And even if we do need glasses, what do we need to worry about? Our glasses will look after us!
But as we get older, our eyesight can get worse if we don’t look after our looking glasses. There are ways to take care of your eyes, and when your mom told you that carrots help you see in the dark, she was kinda right. Carrots are rich in beta-carotene, which preserves the health of your eyes. Cantaloupe’s also contain this compound.
So the next time your mom tells you to eat more carrots, just tell her you’re eating cantaloupe instead!
Cantaloupe Protects You From The Sun
I’m a bit of a sun worshipper. Nothing makes me happier than when summer swings around and I can head into the garden and soak up some UV rays.
But while the sun can lift our spirits, it can also do a lot of damage to our skin and eyes. It isn’t the nice guy it’s portrayed as! Thankfully, cantaloupe can help. Thanks to the presence of Zea-xanthin, this fruit can protect you against the sun’s harmful UV rays.
Cantaloupe Looks After Your Lungs
Our lungs are organs that many of us don’t think about. Breathing is second nature, and we only consider our lungs when something goes badly wrong.
For a high-quality life, you need your lungs to be in tip top shape at all times. And cantaloupe’s can help.
Rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene, cantaloupe has been linked to reducing the risk of developing asthma. It can also help to treat asthma in sufferers, which makes eating more of it a very good idea.
Cantaloupe Can Reduce The Risk Of Diabetes
The cases of type-2 diabetes are on the rise, and the number of people diagnosed with it in the western world is showing absolutely no signs of slowing down.
The good news, though, is that there are changes you can make to your diet that will mitigate the risk of you developing this nasty disease.
Cantaloupe helps to reduce the risk of diabetes because it’s rich in essential nutrients. It’s also low in calories, and gives your body the minerals and vitamins it needs to stay healthy.
Cantaloupe Is Good During Pregnancy
Water retention is the last thing you want during pregnancy, and because a cantaloupe is rich in folic acid, it helps to prevent water retention.
It also reduces the risk of birth defects hugely.
Cantaloupe Promotes Heart Health
Where would we be without a healthy heart? Although all our organs are vital, it is often our heart that goes wrong the most. More and more American’s are being diagnosed with crippling heart disease. Heart disease not only affects the quality of your life, but it can also kill you. Not cool.
There are preventative measures you can take to guard against heart disease, and they start with your diet.
Cantaloupe’s support your cardiovascular system. They are rich in vitamin C, fibre, potassium and choline, of four of which lower your risk of stroke by reducing blood pressure levels. Cantaloupe can also reduce oxidative stress and inflammation.
Cantaloupe Can Reduce Your Risk Of Cancer
As well as heart disease, cases of cancer are on the rise. People wonder why this is. After all, haven’t the advancements in science made it easier to cure cancer?
Sure. But all the advancements science could ever make can’t prevent cancer from developing in the first place. Especially if your diet is questionable.
Diet is certainly not the sole cause of cancer, but it can make a difference. Fixing up your diet by adding cantaloupe can reduce your risk of developing certain types of cancer, including breast, colon, pancreatic, prostate and lung.
Cantaloupe’s Are Rich In Antioxidants
Antioxidants are essentially your body’s way of eradicating nasty free radicals from your system. Free radicals are responsibly for all kinds of ailments, from bad skin to cancer.
One of the most powerful antioxidants in a cantaloupe is manganese, which is essential an enzyme’s subordinate. Basically, you need it.
Cantaloupe Is Good For Digestion
Do we ever think about the kind of damage we’re doing to our digestive system when we gorge on junk foods? Probably not. But indigestion is a very common complaint around the world, and is certainly not something only your grandmother suffers with.
It’s important that you look after your digestive tract. If you don’t, you could suffer from excessive gas, bloating, stomach pains and even diarrhoea.
There are many fruits that aid digestion, and cantaloupe’s are one of them. It’s a good idea to consume them on an empty stomach, as this will help your body to digest them quicker. Eat them after a big meal, and the cantaloupe will sit on top of all that food – and it will ferment. Eew.
Cantaloupe’s Can Keep You Slim
Especially if you’re the kind of person who finds it way too easy to put on weight, adding cantaloupe’s to your weekly shopping list is a good idea.
Compared to fruits such as avocados, cantaloup’s are very low in calories while containing lots of key nutrients. Eat them on an empty stomach and you’ll get a rush of energy too, which makes them the ideal pre-workout snack.
It’s also 95% water.
Do you know other health benefits of cantaloupe?
Stay happy and healthy!