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Honeydew Melon Health Benefits

Honeydew and other melons are part of the cucurbitaceae (gourd) family. Honeydew melons are the larger, green-fleshed cousins of the cantaloupe. The flesh is usually pale green in colour, the peel ranges from greenish to yellow.

 

Honeydew has seeds; its thick, juicy, sweet flesh is often eaten for dessert, and is commonly found in supermarkets across the world and can be enjoyed as a nutritious snack any time of the year.

 

One cup of cubed honeydew provides 34 percent of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C.

 

Free radicals are the natural by-product of normal chemical processes, but they damage cells if they’re not neutralized by an antioxidant such as vitamin C.

 

Damaged cells become inflamed and, over time, that can result in illnesses, including cardiovascular disease. Honeydew melon contains soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber helps keep blood sugar balanced by slowing the absorption of carbohydrates.

 

It also lowers cholesterol by carrying it out of the body. Insoluble fiber is the type of dietary fiber that keeps food moving through the digestive tract, preventing constipation and some types of gastrointestinal disease.

 

Honeydew is an excellent source of potassium that plays an important role in controlling blood pressure and acts as a host of other critical body functions.

 

Potassium is required by every cell in the human body and honeydew melon is a tasty and natural way to supplement with potassium.

 

Honeydew melon is stuffed with vitamin A, beta carotene, luteine and zeaxanthin which ensure strong vision and smooth skin to the growing baby.

 

Calcium from the melon also helps to strengthen enamel and bones. Honeydew is a good source of folate, a vitamin that’s important for heart health and for preventing neural tube defects in the babies of women who are pregnant.

 

To get the health benefits of honeydew melon, slice it and enjoy it fresh for a cool and tasty treat, or chop it into cubes and add it to your favourite salad.

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