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Honeydew

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Honeydew Nutritional Information (per 100g)

Water: 89.8 g
Calories: 36 kcal
Protein: 0.5 g
Carbohydrate: 9.1 g
Dietary fiber: 0.8 g
Sugars: 8.1 g
Fat: 0.1 g
Polyunsaturated fat: 0.1 g
Vitamin C: 18 mg
Vitamin B3: 0.4 mg
Vitamin B6: 0.1 mg
Vitamin B9: 19 μg
Vitamin A: 3 μg
Vitamin K: 2.9 μg
Calcium: 6 mg
Iron: 0.2 mg
Magnesium: 10 mg
Phosphorus: 11 mg
Potassium: 228 mg
Sodium: 18 mg
Zinc: 0.1 mg

Honeydew is a cultivar of a species called muskmelon (other cultivars include the cantaloupe), renowned for its sweet tasting flesh and light, refreshing texture. Excellent in fruit salads, or eaten as a low calorie dessert on its own, the honeydew melon is a delicious yet low calorie way of keeping your sweet tooth when trying to lose weight. A common variety of melon, native to Western Asia, honeydew melon is now available all around the world and is grown in many countries as a commercial crop. Low calorie, and with huge antioxidant potential, the honeydew melon is a great addition to the end of any meal.

100g honeydew melon contains just 36 calories, but that small amount of calories contains a number of nutritional surprises: 30% of your Daily Value (DV) of vitamin C, 6% DV of potassium, and 5% DV of B6. While this is certainly a significant amount of nutrition on a per calorie basis, in reality the most potent effect of the honeydew melon is as a diet aid for those with a sweet tooth. It is mostly water, low in calories, but contains enough nutrition that your body does not crave more food, as it may do with refined sugars.

The most significant benefit of the honeydew melon, however, is the large antioxidant potential it possesses, which is fantastic for the prevention of DNA damage and cell death. Honeydew melon also has confirmed anti-inflammatory effects. In addition, in rats fed a diet intended to give them atherosclerosis, melon appeared to ameliorate some of the effects of the diet and prevent the factors for atherosclerosis arising. Finally, the honeydew melon may have some kidney protecting benefits, specifically, against the oxidative stress produced by diabetes, confirming both a strong antioxidant profile and that honeydew melons are a heart healthy food.