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What Are Cantaloupes Good For?

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  • Cantaloupes provide an excellent source of antioxidants, like vitamin C and vitamin A (in the form of carotenoids), along with important nutrients like potassium, folate, copper, B vitamins, vitamin K, magnesium, and fiber
  • Research has shown women who eat at least 12 ounces of fruit like cantaloupe per day have a lower risk of metabolic syndrome
  • Cantaloupes may contain more than 3,000 micrograms of beta-carotene (per 100 grams), which is about 30 times more than fresh oranges
  • Cantaloupe contributes more polyphenols to the average daily diet than watermelon, pineapple, kiwifruit, grapefruit, and clementines
  • Most “cantaloupes” sold in the US are technically muskmelons; true cantaloupes lack an orderly netting on their rinds and have deep grooves

By Dr. Mercola

It's peak season for cantaloupes in the US. While you can find them in most grocery stores year-round, they're best in June, July, and August, so if you spot some at your local farmer's market, don't hesitate to pick up one or two. The video above shows Wayne Pickering discussing how to select the best cantaloupes.

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