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Melon, Cucumis melo / Cucurbitaceae
Benefits for the health
Netted melons are a source of pro-vitamin A, vitamin C and carbohydrates (mainly sucrose). Melons of the type Honey Dew, Crenshaw or Casaba have considerable amounts of carbohydrates, although, unlike the netted types, their vitamin C and pro-vitamin A content is lower.

Most of the melons are eaten raw, in fruit salads or desserts. Melon portions can be frozen, although their texture will be less pleasant than fresh, and at the same time they may loose some vitamin properties. The amount of protective carotenoids in melon will depend on the intensity of the flesh’ orange pigment. The variety cantaloup, for instance, is a good source of betacarotene carotenoid.
Popular tradition
The melon is a diuretic, depurative and slightly laxative fruit, reason why it is recommended to treat constipation. It is appropriate in diets for people who suffer from gout, rheumatism and kidney pathologies. Thanks to its mineral contribution, it is recommended to be consume during periods of convalescence, anaemia and weakness.

It is highly refreshing, an ideal fruit to fight thirst. Moreover, it neutralizes the excess of acidity caused by high consumption of meat, its by-products and alcohol. It is rich in potassium, having a low content of sodium and fats, mostly suitable for people suffering from arterial hypertension.

It is contraindicated to diabetic people, those who suffer from enteritis (enteritis is the inflammation of the intestine, characterised by diarrhoea) and to dyspeptic people (indigestion). For some people, melons may be difficult to digest and cause stomach slowness, reason why moderate consumption is recommended.
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