So what do peaches, all kinds of melons, blueberries and pineapples have in common?
They’re summer fruits, and are a foodie’s delight during a season that can get very hot and dry. Yet when it comes to the cantaloupe (which is a type of melon along with the muskmelon and honeydew melon), it’s normally available almost always throughout the year.
In stark similarity with the watermelon, most varieties of melons (including the cantaloupe) have their origins in Africa (and India), leading to the cultivation of these melons in both North America and Europe.
The North American cantaloupe is known for its reticulated appearance and orange, sweet flesh but what dieting buffs will be most interested in, are the calories in cantaloupe. It that has been known to be an excellent food choice if you are trying to lose weight. And in similar fashion to other fruits and vegetables, the number of calories per cup (about 177 g) of cantaloupe balls touches a modest of 60. That’s right, only 60 calories in a cup of cantaloupe.
If that’s not enough, there is little or no fat content in eating this melon (about 0.3 g consisting of saturated and polysaturated fat) while not containing any cholesterol at all with protein existing in minimal quantities (1.5 g). Along with total carbohydrates (14.4 g) and sodium (28 g), this fruit contains Vitamin A, Vitamin C, calcium and Iron in substantial quantities. Rich in polyphenols antioxidants, this vegetable is beneficial for the immune system and the heart as well.
So, you can see why this melon is an excellent choice for a diet but what one must keep in mind is the danger of Salmonella is ever prevalent on the surface of this melon (and most recently in papayas) in particular, and so it is advised that when buying any melon (including cantaloupe), one must wash it careful before cutting them apart from avoiding bruised melons completely.