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What are the health benefits of cantaloupes?

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It's low in carbs. Cantaloupes are 90% water. That's almost as juicy as a watermelon. The high fluid content gives cantaloupes a low glycemic load score of 4, which means your body digests it slowly and won't make your blood sugar level spike. Cantaloupes are filled with electrolytes -- minerals that balance fluids in your body and keep it working right. That helps you stay hydrated and full of energy. And you'll get compounds called phytonutrients that help curb inflammation.

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Low-Fiber Foods.”

American Heart Association: “About Metabolic Syndrome.”

Defeat Diabetes Foundation: “Cantaloupe.”

FDA: “Vitamins,” “Minerals,” “Key Nutrients and Your Health.”

Food Source Information Wiki (Colorado): “Cantaloupes.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Foods that fight inflammation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Low-fiber diet do's and don'ts.”

National Institutes of Health: “Vitamin C.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Six Steps to Controlling High Potassium.”

Produce for Better Health Foundation: “Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Cantaloupe.”

University of California: “Cantaloupes: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Basic Report:  09181, Melons, cantaloupe, raw,” “Fruit and Tree Nut Year Book Tables 2016,” “National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Legacy Release.”

University of Maryland Extension: “Cantaloupe.”

Food52: “Chilled Cantaloupe Soup.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on ,

SOURCES:

American Cancer Society: “Low-Fiber Foods.”

American Heart Association: “About Metabolic Syndrome.”

Defeat Diabetes Foundation: “Cantaloupe.”

FDA: “Vitamins,” “Minerals,” “Key Nutrients and Your Health.”

Food Source Information Wiki (Colorado): “Cantaloupes.”

Harvard Health Publishing: “Foods that fight inflammation.”

Mayo Clinic: “Low-fiber diet do's and don'ts.”

National Institutes of Health: “Vitamin C.”

National Kidney Foundation: “Six Steps to Controlling High Potassium.”

Produce for Better Health Foundation: “Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Cantaloupe.”

University of California: “Cantaloupes: Safe Methods to Store, Preserve, and Enjoy.”

U.S. Department of Agriculture: “Basic Report:  09181, Melons, cantaloupe, raw,” “Fruit and Tree Nut Year Book Tables 2016,” “National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference Legacy Release.”

University of Maryland Extension: “Cantaloupe.”

Food52: “Chilled Cantaloupe Soup.”

Reviewed by Kathleen M. Zelman on ,

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