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Melon Primer

Health Notes from Dr. Liz

Sunday, February 20th, 2011 @ 11:54 AM

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