Cantaloupe... Learn about some of its health benefits

9 September, 2022
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Cantaloupe... Learn about some of its health benefits

Cantaloupe is one of the types of watermelon that contains a high percentage of vitamins and minerals and a large percentage of water, up to 90%.

Cantaloupe contains vitamin A (in the form of beta-carotene) as well as vitamin C, and is a good source of the mineral potassium. It is also low in calories but full of flavor.

“This watermelon is a great choice when it comes to nutrients per calorie,” said dietitian, registered dietitian expert in Pittsburgh, author and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Heather Mangerie.

She added: "One cup of cantaloupe contains only about 55 calories (due to its high water content) but provides more than 100% of your daily requirement for vitamin A, more than 50% of your daily requirement for vitamin C, 1.5 grams of fiber and an important source. for potassium. Here are the nutrition facts for 100 grams of cantaloupe, from the USDA Food Data Center

calories 38

Water 90.2 g

Protein 0.8 g

Total fat 0.18 g

Total dietary fiber 0.8 g

Total sugar 7.88 g

Calcium 9 mg

Vitamin A 0.232 mg

Potassium 157 mg

Sodium 30 mg

What are the benefits of eating cantaloupe?

“Both vitamins A and C are antioxidants that keep the body healthy, and antioxidants prevent and slow damage to cells and tissues by attacking free radicals, which are molecules that contain an unpaired electron: too many free radicals in the body cause Oxidative stress leads to problems, but antioxidants keep

Manjiri added that the vitamin A in cantaloupe is also an essential nutrient for healthy vision, especially because it is able to see in dim light.

Studies have found that severe, prolonged deficiency of vitamin A can cause irreversible total blindness. According to Harvard University T.H. Chan School of Public Health, there is strong evidence that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including cantaloupe is associated with a lower risk of heart disease and stroke, and can also lower blood pressure.

According to the Mayo Clinic, the fiber and water in cantaloupe can aid in digestion and help prevent constipation, when included as part of a high-fiber diet, such as one rich in fruits, vegetables and whole grains.

Dangers of eating cantaloupe Overall, eating it doesn't pose a significant risk for most people, yet it has been linked to four outbreaks of foodborne illness since 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The majority of these incidents were bacterial infections caused by salmonella. People have also contracted listeria.

Water Melons are susceptible to foodborne disease outbreaks because the fruit grows in close contact with the ground, where it may become contaminated with bacteria from soil, water, or animals before it is harvested. Watermelons have a rough exterior and texture that can trap bacteria.

Bacteria can also be transmitted during processing of pre-cut watermelon, from cutting the knife through the contaminated peels, if the same contaminated knife continues to be used, it can transfer the bacteria to the body inside.

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