MELONS

MELONS

BENEFITS

  • Sweet and flavoful, yet low in calories.
  • Yellow varieties are high in vitamin A.
  • Most are good sources of vitamin C and potassium.
  • Some are high in pectin, a soluble fiber that hielps control blood cholesterol levels.

There are many types of melons; among them, cantaloupe, casaba, crenshaw, honeydew, Persian, and watermelon, Although mostly water, melons are very nutritious, providing vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene), vitamin C, potassium, and other minerals.

DID YOU KNOW ?

WATER MELON MAY HELP PREVENT PROSTATE CANCER

Watermelon is a very good source of lycopene, an antioxidant linked with a lower risk of prostate cancer.

Cantaloupes and other yellow  varieties are high in beta carotene, which the body converts to vitamin A; one-fourth of a cantaloupe provides about 55 mg of vitamin C, more than 60 percent of the Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA), more than 600 RE (Retinol Equivalents) of beta carotene, 320 mg of potasium, and only 46 calories, . Honeydews are also low in calories, high in vitamin C, and a good source of potassium. Persian melons contain as much beta carotene as cantaloupes. A 1-in. thick (2.5-cm) slice of watermelon contains about 100 calories, but it is lower in vitamin C and potassium than the others.

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