Cantaloupe is good for your heart
Branislav Nenin/shutterstock Cantaloupe contains several ingredients—fiber, potassium, and vitamin C—that contribute to keeping our heart healthy. “Foods high in fiber help control blood pressure and lower LDL, the bad cholesterol,” says Majumdar. Just one cup of cubed cantaloupe contains 1.5 grams of fiber or five percent of the daily requirement, explains Hultin. “If you have it for breakfast or a snack, you are on your way to meeting the national fiber recommendations.” Consuming foods that are high in potassium help to lower blood pressure and may reduce the risk of stroke, the formation of kidney stones, and protect against loss of muscle mass and bone mineral density. “Potassium helps lower blood pressure by counteracting the effects of sodium,” says Majumdar. Cantaloupe and other fruits are part of the DASH (Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension) diet, which helps to lower blood pressure. Find out other foods that are beneficial for your heart.
Cantaloupe helps with digestion
puhhha/shutterstock Cantaloupe contains both soluble and insoluble fiber, which work together for bowel health, helping to prevent constipation and maintain a healthy digestive tract. “Cantaloupe, as well as other foods with fiber, act as food for gut bacteria,” says Majumdar. Having a healthy digestive tract helps ward off conditions such as diverticulitis and irritable bowel syndrome, and eating a high-fiber diet has been shown to reduce the risk of colon cancer. The Institute of Medicine recommends consuming 21 to 38 grams of fiber daily (depending on calorie needs, age, and sex), and cantaloupe offers about 1.5 grams of fiber in one cup of melon balls. “Eating foods that contain fiber rather than taking a fiber supplement helps us get different types of fiber,” says Majumdar.
Cantaloupe satiates the appetite and helps control hunger
Teri Virbickis/shutterstock Foods high in fiber such as cantaloupe are filling, says Mujamdar, and filling foods help us feel satisfied, control hunger, and aid with weight control. Cantaloupe is naturally low in calories (about 60 calories in one-quarter of a melon) and contains no fat or cholesterol. The sweetness of the cantaloupe, which contains 14 grams of sugar per serving, can help satisfy cravings for something sweet, especially after a meal. “The bright color of the food also helps us eat with our eyes and enjoy our food,” says Majumdar. Find out more of the most filling fruits and veggies.