Cutting out of the parent family trap, melons seem to have originated in Africa, Iran or India. Probably, being the first of the domesticated fruits, melons are an integral part of food chain due to its varied culinary taste and flavour and immense health benefits.
Honeydew melons, also known as honey-melon are large, oval-shaped fruits. They have a smooth rind and a pale center. The edible flesh of a honeydew melon is pale green while, the peel ranges from a creamy yellow to green. It is a sweet and juicy fruit. It has a unique aroma when ripe. There are two types of honeydew available – white honeydew and yellow honeydew. The white honeydews are sweeter than the yellow honeydew.
Nutritional facts of Honeydew melon
Honeydew melon contains vitamins, nutrients, and minerals. It has low calories, zero cholesterol, and fats. It is rich in zinc, potassium, copper, manganese, calcium, iron, zinc, and phosphorus.
As per the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) National Nutrient Database, one cup of honeydew melon weighing 177 gm contains 63.7 calories, 1.4 gm of fiber, 16.1 gm of carbohydrates, 31.9 mg of vitamin C, 0.2 mg of vitamin B6, 5.1 mg of vitamin K, 0.7 mg of niacin, 33.6 mg of folates, 17.7 mg of magnesium, 404 mg of potassium, 1 gm of protein, 0.2 gm of fat, and 0.1 mg of thiamine.
Potential Health Benefits of Honeydew Melon
1/5. Supports brain function
1. Vitamin B6 and folate present in melon are two vitamins that are vital for brain development and function.
2. Low vitamin B6 & folate leads to poor cognitive function and increases the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s.
2/5. Boosts skin health
1. The vitamin C & carotenoids present in honeydew helps in boosting skin health. This fruit prevents wrinkles and sagging of the skin.
2. The vitamin C content of this fruit enhances the collagen levels, protects against skin damage, and enhances skin elasticity and wound healing. Collagen helps in maintaining skin health. It repairs and nourishes the skin tissues.
3/5. Provides hydration
Honeydew melon can store water in its flesh and it offers essential minerals to the body hence, it is an excellent hydrating agent. This fruit is 90 % composed of water.
4/5. Improves vision
Lutein and zeaxanthin content of honeydew melon helps promote vision. They help in enhanced functioning of the eyes and it reduces the chances of eye-related conditions such as macular degeneration, cataracts, and age-related blindness.
5/5. Other possible benefits…
Honeydew Melon produces several health benefits, apart from the health benefits mentioned above, it also produces a few more such as promotes heart health, aids in the treatment of diabetes, promotes weight loss, regulates digestion, decreases muscle cramps, boosts immunity, possesses cancer-protective effects,fights cholesterol, strengthens bones and teeth, treats hypertension, relieves common problems of pregnancy, acts as a diuretic, reduces blood pressure, promotes bone health, and protects boils.
Honeydew melon are a great snack for weight loss program due to its high water content and post workout snack due to its high vitamin C and magnesium values.
How to incorporate honeydew melon in the Diet?
It is easy to add honeydew melon to the diet. It is best to consume ripe melon. This fruit can be added to a huge variety of dishes. Some of the ways by which this fruit can be incorporated into the diet are as follows…
- Consumed fresh.
- Used in desserts.
- Used as appetisers.
- Blended into a smoothie.
- Added in salads, salsa, and soups.
- Paired with cottage cheese or Greek yogurt.
- Used to prepare a refreshing drink, ice cream, or melon sherbert.
How to prepare Creamy Honeydew Smoothie?
Take 2 cups of cubed honeydew and 1 cup plain yogurt. Place it in the blender.
Pour 2 tablespoons of fresh apple juice. You may also use any other fruit juice, depending on your taste.
Blend the mixture, until it becomes smooth.
Add ice sparingly until the mixture becomes frothy.
Pour the smoothie in a glass, and enjoy Creamy Honeydew Smoothie.