Holistic nutritionists recommend fruit. Many people are shunning fruit due to its fructose content. But, unlike products with added sugar, it comes in a fiber package and contains many healthy vitamins and minerals. If you’ve banned fruit from your diet, add it back in. Just avoid that morning glass of orange juice.
Holistic Nutritionists Advise Eating Fruit
Holistic nutritionists like me are big advocates of eating fruit rather than drinking juice. There are many reasons for this recommendation. Your body is a great juicer. Let it do its work in digesting the fiber. While it’s doing so, you will not only feel full but also be burning calories and getting all of the nutrients from the fruit. Eating fruit is also a good way to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Honeydew melons are readily available, inexpensive and tasty when in season.
Honeydews: The Rodney Dangerfield of Melons
Despite being the sweetest of all melons, honeydews “don’t get no respect.” When Comedian Jim Gaffigan posted “Honey dew melons are the throw pillows of the fruit plate,” on Facebook, he got 2,800 thumbs up. The numbers bear out the prejudice. Americans consume five times more cantaloupe than honeydew despite the fact that it costs about 50% more. I too have eaten my share of tasteless honeydew in cut fruit offerings and breakfast buffets. But don’t blame the fruit. The reason honeydew has become “the ugly stepsister of the fruit patter” is that it is often added to a fruit mélange for color even when it’s out-of-season or overripe.
Honeydews are a type of muskmelon, the same family that includes cantaloupes and pumpkins. This melon is believed to have originated in West Africa over 4,000 years ago. Currently, the United States ranks third, behind China and Turkey, in honeydew production. The most prevalent type of honeydew melon has pale green flesh protected by a yellow rind. There are also golden-skinned honeydews with white flash, and an orange-fleshed variety, which is gaining in popularity.
Prime honeydew eating season is late summer through early winter. Unlike cantaloupes, honeydew melons continue to ripen at room temperature for several days after harvesting. When ripe, honeydews exude a sweet-smelling fragrance and yield slightly when pressure is applied to the ends. ”Your Produce Guy” promotes his own ripeness-detecting trick which involves rubbing his thumb over the skin and listening for a squeaks that indicates that the melon is ready to eat. Honeydews’ size makes them seem unwieldly, but all you have to do is cut through the melon at the stem area, scoop out the seeds, and slice it into wedges. To separate the juicy insides from the rind, hold one end of the wedge and slip the knife between the skin and the flesh.
Why Holistic Nutritionists Promote Eating Melons
Why do holistic nutritionists recommend eating melons like honeydews?
Honeydew melons are a low-calorie, low fat treat packaged with hunger-suppressing fiber and protein. A one-cup serving is only 60 calories and contains 15 grams of carbs. This tasty fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin C, and also supplies B vitamins, potassium and magnesium. If you’re diabetic, the ADA suggests adding this fruit to your diet because its low glycemic load won’t affect your glucose levels.
Health Benefits of Honeydews
1. Honeydew Helps with Weight Control
Because honeydew is the sweetest of all melons and also low in calories, it will satisfy your sweet tooth and keep you from reaching for your favorite candy bar. Its fiber will also keep you feeling full between meals.
2. Honeydew Helps Ward Off Infections
A single one-cup serving satisfies one-half of your daily Vitamin C needs, helping your body ward off infections, both bacterial and viral. Studies show that Vitamin C shortens the duration of the common cold and halves the number of colds in active adults. Pneumonia can be life threatening for older adults. Three controlled studies found that Vitamin C helps prevent pneumonia, while other research shows that it helps to treat the disease.
3. Honeydew Can Help Regulate Blood Pressure
The most recent evidence demonstrates that eating potassium rich foods may be as effective as watching your sodium intake in reducing your risk of heart disease. The high potassium levels in honeydew melons can help control blood pressure.
4. The Orange-Fleshed Honeydew Has Special Health Benefits
The orange-fleshed honeydew, which are becoming more readily available, is a hybrid between a cantaloupe and a green-fleshed honeydew melon and is not only a rich source of phytonutrients, but also less susceptible to bacteria like salmonella than other melons such as cantaloupes. A detailed nutrition analysis of the orange honeydew revealed that it contains higher levels of bioavailable B-carotene, which may reduce the risk of cancer and heart disease, than its green-colored cousin or cantaloupes.
5. Honeydews’ Vitamin C is a Natural Skin Preserver
Anti-aging skin products are big business. Instead of buying expensive creams and lotions, focus on getting your skin-preserving Vitamin C from foods like honeydew. A study in the American Journal of Nutrition found that women over 40 with higher levels of Vitamin C intake had a lower likelihood of developing the wrinkled appearance characteristic of aging skin.