Cantaloupe

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Healthy Benefits

Disease Prevention and Risk Reduction

The high level of vitamin C and beta-carotene create a powerful antioxidant effect. These nutrients, combined with potassium, have been shown to reduce the risk of high blood pressure.

A 2007 study reported that cantaloupes also contain a natural diuretic that may reduce the risk for high blood pressure.

Preparation

In order to take full advantage of the vitamin C, it is best to eat fresh cantaloupes.

Preservation

Cantaloupes can be preserved by freezing them. After removing the seeds, cut the inside of the cantaloupe into cubes (or however you want to cut it). Then, place the pieces in a freezer bag. I always spread the pieces out so that the bag is flat. Once the pieces are frozen, then they won’t stick to each other and you can pull out as much as you need for smoothies or slushies.

Resources

Reinhard, Tonia. Superfoods: The Healthiest Foods on the Planet. Buffalo, NY: Firefly, 2010. Print.

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