Golden melon is a very attractive looking fruit belonging to the melon family. It has a yellow peel with very light green fleshy interior, the middle inside has the small seeds which you should scoop out before eating. It is roundish, medium in size compared to the popular water melon.
Golden melon has its origin in France but is now grown even in the tropics. It is seasonal, it is in season now in Nigeria.
Golden melon is low in Sugar (6%), has plenty of water (90%) and other nutrients such as potassium (228mg/100g), Folate (19microgram/100g), Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin K, antioxidant (Zeaxanthin) and Fibre.
Owing to its low sugar content, it is one fruit that is highly recommended for diabetics.
You can eat the peel as part of the fruit for its fibre and also very delicious. As usual, first wash the fruit with soap and water, then rinse with salt water and finally with safe water to remove the salt water; cut open, scoop out the seeds and eat to your fill.
Below are some of the health gains of eating Golden melon regularly.
1. Relieves Thirst
Golden melon is made up of 90% water, thus it can be used to relieve thirst. The human body is made up of about 50-70% water, thus while you can live for about 8 weeks without food, you can only live a few days without water. It is needed for every action in the body.
Golden melon has plenty of water.
2. Helps to regulate your blood pressure
Golden melon contains a lot of the mineral called Potassium which is known to help the heart and reduces blood pressure. Low potassium can cause Constipation, lack of appetite and poor working of the heart. Potassium appears to relax the blood vessels.
3. Prevents constipation
Golden melon contains fibre which is known to ease constipation and also reduces the risk of colon cancer. Fibre also helps to reduce blood pressure but cannot be used on its own to control blood pressure.
4. Fights against cancer
As said earlier, Golden melon is very rich in fibres; many studies in the last three decades have shown a link between increased fibre in-take and a decrease in colon cancer. This could be due to the fibre itself or the nutrients that are usually in fibre-rich foods such as vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and essential fatty acid. Daily consumption of Golden melon while in season is highly recommended.
5. Strengthens our bones
Golden melon contains calcium; a mineral found mainly in the bones and teeth of our body. We must consume enough of it daily when in season to mantain strong bones, proper growth and good teeth development. We will also avoid stiff joint and bone pain.
6. Helps to prevent low blood level (Anaemia)
Golden melon is rich in folate which is required in the production of red blood cells in our body; regular consumption of Golden melon when in season will therefore help in the prevention of blood shortage called anaemia.
7. Protects eyesight
Fruits like Golden melon are important for keeping good sight; it contains an antioxidant, Zeaxanthin which protects the macular of the eye.
A 2004 study published in the Archives of Ophthalmology, indicated that eating three or more servings of fruit per day may lower your risk of age-related macular
degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults, by 36 per cent, compared to persons who consume less than 1.5 servings of fruit daily.
Eating enough golden melon when in season can help protect our sight