- Orange Juice
1. Beta Carotene
When it comes to beta carotene, cantaloupe knocks other yellow-orange fruits out of the park. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), cantaloupe has more beta carotene than apricots, grapefruit, oranges, peaches, tangerines, nectarines, and mangoes.
2. Vitamin C
According to the USDA, 1 cup of balled cantaloupe contains over 100 percent of the recommended daily value (DV) of vitamin C.
Folate is also known as vitamin B-9. Folate is the term used when it is naturally present in foods, while folic acid is the term used in supplements and fortified foods. This vitamin is well-known for preventing neural tube birth defects like spinal Bifida. It may also help reduce your risk of some cancers and help battle memory loss due to aging.
Like most fruits, cantaloupe has high water content, at almost 90 percent. Eating cantaloupe helps you stay hydrated throughout the day, which is important for heart health.
The health benefits of fiber go beyond preventing constipation. A high-fiber diet may reduce your risk of heart disease and diabetes, and help you lose weight by making you feel fuller longer.
Cantaloupe provides 14 percent of your potassium DA. Potassium is an essential electrolyte mineral.
7. Other Vitamins and Minerals
One cup of cantaloupe contains 1.5 grams of protein. It also has small amounts of these many other vitamins and minerals, including:
- vitamin K
These make it a well-rounded, nutritious fruit choice.