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Health Benefits of Melons

Low in calories

You can fill up on sweet summer melon without blowing your calorie budget for the day. One cup of diced honeydew melon contains 61 calories, a cup of cantaloupe cubes has 54 calories, and diced watermelon has only 45 calories per cup. Melon is also nutrient-dense. While low in calories, it provides valuable fiber, vitamins and minerals.

Satisfies a sweet tooth

The sweetness of ripened melon can help satisfy your sweet tooth with natural sugars. While you will avoid the added sugars and empty calories of a typical dessert, the natural sugars can still cause a spike in blood sugar. Pair your melon with protein and fiber to control hunger.

Full of phytonutrients

The orange flesh of the cantaloupe provides antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients including beta-carotene and lutein. Honeydew melon is full of the antioxidant vitamin C. The vitamin C in melons is especially valuable because the fruit is often eaten fresh, so the nutrient is not destroyed during cooking. Watermelon is high in the cancer-fighting phytonutrient lycopene. Early research also suggests that an amino acid in watermelons, called citrulline, may have a positive impact on cardiovascular health.

High in water content

Water accounts for over 90 percent of a watermelon’s mass, so it can help keep you hydrated. The high water content also keeps you feeling full and satisfied.

Lori Rice, M.S., is a nutritional scientist and author with a passion for healthy cooking, exercise physiology, and food photography.
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