Cantaloupe or rockmelon belong to the same family as pumpkin, cucumber and marrows, the Cucurbitaceae. Cantaloupe are a very good source of vitamin A (3382 IU) nearly all in the form of beta carotene (2020mcg). This is a vital nutrient for the optic system and in particular for protection from cataracts. In combination with the good supply of vitamin C (37mg) the cantaloupe, or Charentais, as called in France, provides antioxidant power that has the potential to activate white blood cells against infections and bad bacteria. A fully ripened cantaloupe provides a very sweet meal, ideal as a breakfast entree on a hot summer’s day. The potassium content of 267mg is fully available as the fruit is eaten raw. Potassium promotes muscle power and healthy heart function. The supply of the trace mineral bromine is excellent and this is vital for the glandular system; in particular, prior to and during menopause. A decrease in bromine levels occurs with age and the bromine levels in the pituitary gland need to be replenished in order to avoid emotional disorders, depression and premenstrual tension. Also, during the ‘mid-life crisis’, a regular dose of bromine may offset emotional depression in males. Bromine is present in the bloodstream and body tissues; it is vital for the coordination of numerous glands. Bromine is not considered an essential mineral, but its benefits are, so keep your emotional life ‘rock solid’ with a regular supply of rockmelon, the food for a peaceful balanced life! Cantaloupes also provides folate (21mcg), ideal for those people who don’t like their greens. Cantaloupes are best eaten alone, before a main meal, otherwise they can ferment in the stomach. Melons require hardly any digestion so give them the ‘right of way’ in the busy traffic of your complex digestive system. Cantaloupes are the ideal food for the elderly, as they are very easy to chew and provide an abundance of life-promoting ‘happy health’ benefits. Choose a fully ripened fruit for complete flavour. Roll out the rockmelon and feel on top of the world at the start of a day.
NOTE: All amounts in this blog are measured in milligrams (mg) per 100 grams, unless stated otherwise.
GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 63 kcal. per 100 grams
INDEX: 22 Calories from: Carb: 58 Protein: 4 Fat: 2