- Some varieties are good sources of beta carotene and Vitamin C
Orange-fleshed cantaloupe melons are among the most nutritious of the many varieties of melon. A 100g portion supplies more than half the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C and is also a good source of beta carotene (which the body converts into Vitamin A). Both of these are antioxidants, as is lycopene, the red pigment in watermelon.
Melons with a lighter yellow or green flesh-colour, and also water melons, contain less vitamin C and supply little, if any, beta carotene.
Melons are relatively low in calories - they contain between 19 and 31 calories per 100g, depending on the type. Their high water content may stimulate the kidneys to work more efficiently.
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