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Melons are refreshing summer fruits

 On a hot summer day, an ice-cold slice of watermelon, cantaloupe, or honeydew may be extremely refreshing. Melons are a wonderful choice for a sweet treat if you're monitoring your weight because they have high water content and are relatively low in calories (a one-cup portion of diced melon contains just around 45 to 60 calories).

Watermelon includes a number of elements that have been linked to improved heart health. Lycopene, for example, is an antioxidant that may help lower cholesterol and blood pressure. The other is citrulline, an amino acid that has been shown to increase nitric oxide levels, a chemical that has been shown to relax blood vessels and reduce blood pressure.

How can you know whether a watermelon is ripe? 

Where the melon rested on the dirt, they generally have a pale green or white "bald patch." The melon is ripe when that area turns a pale yellow or cream hue. A shiny skin of an immature melon changes to a satin or matte rind as the fruit ripens. According to the USDA, thumping on the fruit to listen for a deep, hefty thud isn't a particularly reliable approach.


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