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Melon, what is this summer fruit good for?

The melon is one of the essential fruits of summer, like the peach or peach , cherries , apricots or watermelon . The pulp of the melon has a sweet taste and is very hydrating and refreshing.

The melon is the fruit of a creeping herbaceous plant belonging to the botanical family of Cucurbitaceae , popularly known as melonera and with the scientific name Cucumis melo . The pumpkin or squash , the cucumber and zucchini or zucchini also belong to the same family.

Melon is a fruit widely spread throughout the world, native to Asia. Currently we can find different varieties of melon that are more or less common depending on the area where we live. Melons can be round or oval in shape, the pulp can be greenish, white, orange, and the skin can vary between green, yellow, etc. and more or less rough depending on the melon variety. Some of these varieties are: Piel de Sapo, Galia, Tendral, Cantaloupe, Charentais or Honey Dew .

And as a curious fact to tell you that the word melon comes from the Greek and means big apple .

In this article we are going to learn about the nutritional value of melon (vitamins, minerals , carbohydrate content , watercalories , etc.), what are its properties and health benefits and how to know when a melon is ripe.

Our recommendation is that you choose organic melon to ensure that it provides you with all its properties and benefits without ingesting synthetic chemicals that can harm your health.

 

melon properties

Melon nutritional value

Like the vast majority of fruits, the main component of melon is water, which is present in 92%.

Melon provides us with vitamins C or ascorbic acid, folate or vitamin B9 and carotenes (provitamin A).

The mineral content of this fruit includes sodium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus and calcium.

Melon is a fruit with a moderate glycemic index  (60).

Melon is a low calorie fruit , with only 26 kcal per 100 grams of fruit. It provides us with almost half the calories of the same amount of apple and slightly more than half in the case of pineapple  or pineapple , therefore, melon is highly recommended especially for people who make a diet to lose weight due to its moderate contribution in sugars, its high water content and its satiating effect.

What is melon good for?

MELON BENEFITS This fruit offers us many beneficial properties, we can highlight:

The vitamin C of the melon helps us to maintain a good immune system , to keep our skin in good condition, since it favors the formation of collagen, and also the vitamin C intervenes in the absorption of iron, therefore, it helps us to prevent iron deficiency anemia . This vitamin can be reduced in smokers, when stress is maintained over long periods of time or in people who do a lot of physical activity.

The more orange the melon pulp, the higher the content of carotenes (vitamin A). These components have great antioxidant action . They are our allies to help us prevent degenerative diseases, cardiovascular diseases and cancer. They also help us take care of our eyesight, skin and hair.

This summer fruit helps us to go to the bathroom regularly and can be a natural remedy to prevent constipation thanks to its mild laxative effect.

To combat fluid retention, we can incorporate melon into our diet, since its potassium content helps us to improve this condition due to its diuretic action. The elimination of liquids in turn favors the elimination of toxins and waste substances from our body.

Melon is a beneficial fruit for people suffering from gout or high uric acid .

The melon helps our muscles and nervous system to function optimally due to its contribution in minerals such as magnesium and potassium.

Stay hydrated by drinking enough water and with fruits such as melon, rich in water that help us prevent dehydration  and improve kidney function .

How to tell when a melon is ripe

When choosing a melon we can know if it is already ripe in a very simple way.

You simply have to press with a finger on its base or also called the ass  (the end opposite the peduncle , the part where the melon is attached to the plant). If it is ripe you will notice it because it gives slightly and is a little softer than the rest of the melon.

Once opened, store it in the fridge or refrigerator and consume for the next few days.

 

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