Benefits of Melons for Health
Melons, with their thick rim of flesh and seedy middle, are part of the gourd family that includes cucumber and squash. Local melons are available at farmers’ markets starting in July. They include cantaloupes (also called muskmelons), red and yellow watermelon and Persian (like a small cantaloupe). Honeydew and casaba (yellow with pale flesh) are available at most grocery stores. Check out melons’ surprising health benefits.
Many people these days do not eat enough melons. It’s almost like they just seem to be a summer fruit to eat, but did you know melons contain antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that help prevent many common health problems such as cancers, birth defects, high blood pressure, heart disease, prostate cancer, obesity, common colds and flues, colon cancer, and poor digestive systems. All you have to do is eat some melons all year round and you’ll prevent all this bad health conditions.
Now your probably wondering what kinds of melons should I eat to get the proper health benefits from them? Well, the answers is simple all melons such as cantaloupes, watermelons, and honeydew melons. All these melons contain different nutrients that prevent different types of health conditions so I will explain what each melon is good to eat for prevent what health conditions for you so you can have a better understanding.
The first melon I will start telling you about it the cantaloupe. For those of you who do not know what a cantaloupe is it is a round yellowish orange melon with large seeds in the center and a greenish brown rough rind on the outside. The melon is sweet and tart tasting and is usually served in cold slices, or in fruit or melon salads in the summertime. Cantaloupe contains vitamin A and C, calcium, riboflavin, thiamine, niacin, iron, potassium, healthy fat, carbohydrates, healthy proteins, and antioxidants. Eating cantaloupe as a healthy snack helps prevent stomach cancer, poor digestive tracts, high blood pressure, heart disease, inflammation, kidney problems, prostate cancer, colon cancers, the common cold, and blood deficiencies. Cantaloupe also provides our bodies with tons of fiber that is very good for maintaining healthy weights and blood sugar levels. All you would have to do is eat a few slices of cantaloupe a day to get these health benefits from it.
The second melon we will talk about is the watermelon. I am sure everyone has some idea of what watermelon is right? Watermelon is that big 5 pound oval shaped melon with a green rind and the pink juicy melon in the center with black seeds that is super sweet and watery. It’s usually served in the summertime in cold sliced or in chunks in a melon salad, but it should really be eaten all the time because it contains so many nutrients that can help out our health a lot. Watermelon contains potassium, antioxidants, carotenoids, carbohydrates, Vitamin A, B6, and C, calcium, thiamin, sodium, healthy protein, and fiber. Eating a couple slices of watermelon a day can help prevent strokes, heart attacks, kidney infections and stones, heart disease, breast, colon, prostate, lung, endometrial cancers, digestive disorders, poor eye sight, and hair loss. Now who wouldn’t want those health benefits?
The third melon I will tell you about is the honeydew melon. Honeydew melons are green sweet melons with big tan seeds in the center and a hard pale color rind. Honeydew melons are good for maintaining healthy skin, hair, and weight, helps prevent cramping during menstrual cycles, birth defects in babies, high cholesterol, dehydration, and some cancers and diseases. The nutrients in the honeydew melon that helps maintain and prevent these health conditions are Vitamin C, healthy protein, sodium, natural sugar, healthy fat, carbohydrates, water, and fiber. All you have to do is eat once again a few slices of this melon to receive the health benefits from it.
So there you have it! A little melon information to help maintain your health and prevent some health conditions. Now all you have to do is go eat those melons to help get the benefits from them, and oh not just in the summertime! All the time!Melons