Melons

 Photo Credit: © Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture | Liz Kirby Creative Consulting 2018

Photo Credit: © Rocky Coast Family Acupuncture | Liz Kirby Creative Consulting 2018

There are hundreds of varieties of melons. Cantaloupe, watermelon, and honeydew are the most popular, but your local farmer may offer other varieties. There is nothing more hydrating than a ripe, sweet, fresh melon, which contain 90% water,

Nutritional Information

Melons are low in calories and high in vitamins and minerals. They are high in vitamin C, helping to provide immune support, reducing cancer and other health risks. Some melon, such as watermelon, are high in lycopene, reducing the risk of certain cancers and heart disease. Some melon, such as cantaloup, are high in potassium, an important mineral for heart health. Cantaloup may help lower blood pressure. The melon has other health benefits as well. Eat the melon rainbow.

Storing

Ripe Melon is one of those foods that should be eaten right away. Store uncut melon on the countertop for a few days or keep refrigerated in a plastic bag for around five days. When storing a half melon, do not remove seeds and cover tightly with plastic.

Preparation

Wash thoroughly, half lengthwise, remove seeds, slice, remove rind, serve.

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NOTE: IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN BEFORE BEGINNING ANY NEW EATING OR EXERCISE PROGRAM. THESE STATEMENTS HAVE NOT BEEN EVALUATED BY THE FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION.

THIS IS NOT INTENDED TO DIAGNOSE, TREAT, CURE, OR PREVENT ANY DISEASE.