Benefits of eating raw melons and ways to buy and store.
Benefits of eating raw melons, among many others, include it’s weight control properties.
Even if they come in different sizes, all the melons have three things in common: they’re all sweet and juicy and taste delicious. The juicy sweetness of them gives you the satisfaction of a dessert without touching your waistline. Actually the natural sweetness in watermelons and cantaloupes can help forget about the sweets you should give up: sugar, corn syrup, and honey. All these provide a lot of calories and few nutrients that’s why a melon, no matter what type, is a better choice for those who want to eat something sweet and keep the normal weight at the same time.
Which are the benefits of eating raw melons?
• Melons are full of fiber that gives you that state of satiety and are also rich in potassium – a nutrient that may help control blood pressure, regulate heart beat and prevent strokes. Potassium rich foods are also recommended to eat in order to avoid kidney stones and age-related bone loss.
• It’s the best choice as a snack for dieters. Their juicy sweetness would successfully substitute high-calorie snacks and desserts.
• Watermelons are a valuable source of lycopene that is helpful in reducing the risk of breast, prostate, and endometrial cancers, as well as lung and colon cancers.
How to pick and store melons?
It’s a little bit tricky to choose a fruit of a size of melons without knowing what’s inside it.
• Select melons that are heavy for their size because they tend to be juicier.
• Look for melons that don’t have cracks, brown or soft spots.
• Choose organically grown melons.
• Ripe cantaloupes have a mildly sweet fragrance and if it smells very sweet or there’s mold where the stem used to be, it is probably overripe or even rotten.
• Cantaloupes, like bananas, continue to ripen off the vine so don’t let it overripe and eat it as soon as possible
• When choosing a watermelon, look for a firm underside with a yellowish color. It should be yellow because if it’s not, the melon is not yet mature.
• Whole melons could be stored in the fridge for up to a week but cut melons should be eaten as soon as possible.
• Honeydews, if ripen, have a yellowish-white color. Avoid buying white or greenish white ones. They’ll never ripen. A smooth rind is an indicator that the melon was prematurely picked. The rind should have a slightly sticky feel. If cut, honeydews must be refrigerated with seeds; that’ll keep the fruit moist.
How to enjoy melons?
• Watermelons taste best when are served cold.
• Make salads from different melons, topped with fresh chopped mint.
• Melons taste good with lime, lemon, olive oil, cayenne pepper, honey or agave.
• Small cantaloupes may be used as natural jar, if cut a cavity to extract the seeds, for fillers like yoghurt or fruit salads.
For those watching their weight the advice is to eat melons everyday, so that their sugar to replace the missing sugar in the diet. Enjoy your diet by adding melons in it!