Food - Drink
Is There A Nutritional Difference Between Cantaloupe And Watermelon?
By SHAYE GLISSON
Two of the most popular summertime fruits, cantaloupe and watermelon stand head-to-head regarding nutritional benefits. They both pack delicious flavors and are refreshingly thirst-quenching, but which is best for the body?
Cantaloupe is made of 90 percent water and contains 53 calories per cup, while watermelon is 92 percent water and has 46 calories per cup. As for carbohydrate content, cantaloupe has 8.2 grams per 100 grams of fruit, while watermelon has 7.6 grams of carbs.
When it comes to sugar content, watermelon is one of the sweetest fruits, as a single wedge packs 18 grams of sugar. On the other hand, cantaloupe contains only eight grams of sugar per 100 grams and is made of 89% sugar from carbs.
As for vitamin content, cantaloupe's coral-colored flesh is very high in beta-carotene and also contains vitamin C, folate, potassium, fiber, and a wealth of other vitamins and minerals. Watermelon's juicy pink pulp contains vitamin C, potassium, vitamin B5, vitamin A, and copper, is low in antioxidants, and has high levels of lycopene and citrulline.