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Melon Primer

Health Notes from Dr. Liz

February 20, 2011

Nothing tastes quite like luscious ripe summer melons—sweet and juicy.  Distant relatives of cucumbers, cantaloupe, Crenshaw, honeydew and other melons are loaded with goodness. Melons supply a scant 60 calories per cup, pack a wealth of nutrients such as carotenes and vitamin C, and are loaded with water (over 85% by weight) for hydration. Select whole melons with sweet-smelling rinds (indicating ripeness), as these fruit don’t ripen more off the vine. Eat sliced or cube and mix into a delicious summer fruit salad with sprigs of fresh mint.

Dr. Liz Applegate Ph.D.

Director of Sports Nutrition, UC Davis