A wedge of cantaloupe (1/8 of a melon) is about 24 calories. The fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin A, providing about 112% of recommended daily levels. Cantaloupe is chock full of Vitamin A with powerful antioxidants essential for vision. Your skin and mucus membranes also get a boost. Eating cantaloupe fortifies you against lung and oral cavity cancers.
Cantaloupe is also rich in beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin and cryptoxanthin. These antioxidants have the ability to help protect cells and other structures in the body from oxygen free radicals, and hence, offer protection against colon, prostate, breast, endometrial and pancreatic cancers.
Zeaxanthin, an important dietary carotenoid, selectively absorbed into the retinal macula lutea in the eye where it is thought to provide antioxidant and protective light-filtering functions; thus it protects eyes from “Age related macular degeneration” disease in the elderly.
It is a good source of potassium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids and helps control heart rate and blood pressure; thus offers protection against stroke and coronary heart diseases.