When it comes to your favorite fruits, is cantaloupe on the list? It might not have the same fanbase as beloved foods like strawberries or apples, but you may want to take a closer look before swearing it off. Scientists believe that cantaloupe juice could be ultra-nutritious, and you wouldn’t want to miss out.
Recently, researchers from the University of Georgia’s Department of Food Science and Technology praised the fruit juice’s health benefits, pointing out that their early work showed that one serving can contain up to 337 percent of your daily recommended vitamin C. It also reportedly contains 100 percent of your daily recommended dose of vitamin A.
Scientists are still in the early stages of figuring out just how powerful cantaloupe juice can be, but there’s plenty of reason for excitement. Vitamin C is a building block for keeping your bones, teeth, and gums strong as you age, not to mention it’s full of antioxidants to protect your cells from long-term damage and decay. Meanwhile, vitamin A is a key component of rhodopsin, the protein that helps you see in low light, and it can protect your corneas from softening over time, which can cause vision loss.
When it comes to adding more cantaloupe into your diet, there’s more to be done besides cutting it up and eating it along with your meal or adding it to a delicious fruit salad. You can always blend it into a fruit smoothie (like this one with strawberries!) or juice it on its own. (Just make sure you drink it immediately to get all of the benefits!) Even better, many cantaloupe juicing recipes mix it with other fruits and veggies that have their own incredible health superpowers. This one with carrots, oranges, and cantaloupes could be right your alley, or try this one with ginger and lime. The possibilities are endless!