August 2018 Food of the Month - Cantaloupe

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August in South Eastern Pennsylvania heralds the beginning of harvest season which brings a bounty of delicious local fruits and vegetables to supermarkets and farmer’s markets throughout Philadelphia!  This is a great time to choose locally grown produce because the taste is great and the price is right.  Cantaloupe is highlighted this month as our “Food of the Month”, but be sure to enjoy a variety of fruits and vegetables this harvest season!

Did you know cantaloupe is a good source of vitamins A, C and potassium?  The average American gets less than 60% of the daily recommendation for potassium which is a key nutrient for bone health, muscle function, and even plays a role in maintaining healthy blood pressure.  While some fruits have little variation in taste year round, cantaloupe is significantly more flavorful when purchased in season, so this month try cantaloupe slices as a snack or added to fruit salad for a tasty potassium boost!

Article written by Spectrum nutritionist Christina LiPuma, RDN, LDN

Sources:

https://www.freeimages.com/photo/melon-3-1537555

https://ndb.nal.usda.gov/ndb/foods/show/09181?fgcd=&manu=&format=&count=&max=25&offset=&sort=default&order=asc&qlookup=cantaloupe&ds=&qt=&qp=&qa=&qn=&q=&ing=

https://ods.od.nih.gov/factsheets/Potassium-HealthProfessional/