“This melon is a great choice when it comes to nutrients per calorie,” said Heather Mangieri, a Pittsburgh-based registered dietitian and nutritionist, author and spokesperson for the Academy of Nutritionand Dietetics. “One cup of cantaloupe contains only about 55 calories (due to its high water content) but offers over 100 percent of your daily needs for vitamin A, over 50 percent of the daily needs for vitamin C, 1.5 grams of fiber and is a good source of potassium.”
Furthermore, a 2006 study published in HortScience found that cantaloupes have even higher concentrations of the phytonutrient beta-carotene than oranges, even though oranges are brighter in color.
A 2006 French study in the Journal of Nutrition found that cantaloupe ranked lowest of fruits in terms of polyphenol content. Polyphenols are a type of powerful phytonutrient with antioxidant capabilities. However, cantaloupe contributed significantly to the total amount of polyphenols consumed in participants’ daily diets. This was due to the relatively large average serving sizes of cantaloupes; because of the water content you can eat a lot of it, consume relatively few calories and end up getting more nutrients than from a smaller serving of a more nutritionally-dense fruit, like kiwis.
Cantaloupes are in the Cucurbitaceae, or gourd family, which includes watermelon, honeydew and casaba melons, as well as pumpkins, squash and cucumbers. According to the University of Illinois Extension, the cantaloupe is a variety of muskmelon. North American cantaloupes (Cucumis melo reticulatus) are known for their uniform “netting” over the rind; European cantaloupes (Cucumis melo cantalupensis) have greener skin, little netting, deep grooves and would surprise most Americans by being called cantaloupes………
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