Health Benefits of Melons, Juicing, Digestion, and Ideas On How To Consume Them If You Aren’t A Fan :)2
May 9, 2013 by Living Girl Living Foods
Cantaloupe…sorry I’m too busy I can’t elope
(cantaloupe juice with a dash of cayenne pepper)
Besides the color and smell alone being satisfying and attractive, cantaloupes are an orange food. Orange foods are typically great for eye health, they have been found to be even more beneficial for the eyes than carrots!
Cantaloupes are packed with vitamins A and C. Per pound, this melons has 15,000 I.U. of vitamin A and three times the vitamin C content of apples. They are an excellent source of; potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin B3 (niacin), folate, and fiber when eaten.
A study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology indicates that simply eating three or more fruit servings a day could lower the risk of degeneration by 36%.
Cantaloupes contain myo-inositol, a lipid that helps with anxiety, insomnia, and hardening of the arteries. Cantaloupes contain the greatest amount of digestive enzymes.
With all of this in mind, of course consuming cantaloupes is healthy! I love juicing them so their health benefits can heal my body faster and like most melons they work wonders on the digestive system.
If you are finding it difficult to enjoy cantaloupes or other melons, let’s say the texture bothers you, than may be juicing it would be an easy solution.
Or may be you can blend it, and freeze it to make melon pops or frozen melon balls. Some people prefer to eat them as cubes, others as slices on the rind and if you are like me pretty much any way is a great way!
Sometimes adding a herb, or citrus (orange, lime, lemon) helps cut back on some of the sweetness that may be lacking if you have a not so tasty melon. With food combining in mind, it’s easiest to digest melons if they are eaten or juiced alone.
I personally enjoy eating melons on an empty stomach, I’ve noticed that they do not mix well with others foods in my stomach. Some other people are not as sensitive but it’s worth experimenting with. Try eating melon on an empty stomach or a meal of its own, then try eating some right after eating something else. Usually this causes discomfort, gas, or bloating. Melons take roughly 4 hours to digest, longer than many other fruits and foods. Thus, when they are battling with other items in our digestion fermentation can be created causing some not so lady-like results 😉
(honeydew with fresh lemon mint from my yard, juiced with a few leaves for decoration)
I’m sorry but I was never a mega fan of Honeydew melons until I juiced them. The color is rather calming for me personally and it does have the highest sugar content out of all melons. So when it is juiced it’s like Hulk Sugar O_O just kidding but honestly it’s highly sweet and sugary when juiced!
Honeydew is a good source of; vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B6 (pyridoxine), thiamine, niacin, copper, and folate. One cup of honeydew has as much potassium as a medium banana and only half the calories.
Consuming copper may sound a little off, but it feeds the skin more effectively than any expensive anti-aging cream. Both vitamin C and copper are vital components to collagen production and skin repair. So honeydew is great for your immune health (vitamin c) and for a healthy complexion! 🙂
All melons are excellent for digestion, cooling/soothing, asthma (nutrients reduce airway spasms), reduces the risk of colon, breast, lung, prostate, colorectal and endometrial centers.
All melon juices are deliciously rich in antioxidants such as lycopene, beta-carotene (where it gets that orange color), lutein, neurosporene, phytoene and phytofluene. Woop woop might be what your thinking, a bunch of words that mean nothing, these antioxidants boost ones stamina, metabolism and aid in protecting the body from numerous diseases and disorders.
All of these melon rinds can be juiced or fermented too :D! They make wonderful fruit bowls, baskets, and serving dishes.
In previous posts I have gone into great depth about watermelons and the rinds. I do like to do watermelon cleanses 🙂 They are my favorite melon taste wise too.
I hope this gets people inspired and ready for melon season! Get your juicers ready 😀 Melon juice is such a treat at the beach, after working out, a great breakfast option and the sugary juice dripping down my face even feels good. Thank you all so much for taking the time to stop by my site. I am forever grateful for all of you ❤
Much love ❤ and raw power 😉