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Choosing a melon

August 2 2007
12:51

Usually considered a melon fruit. Nevertheless, according to scientific classification, a vegetable gourd family. Now she appears on sale in shops and markets, successfully competing with its archrival - watermelon.

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This is not surprising, because the melon has a mass of useful features. Due to the large content of ascorbic, folic acid and carotene it contains many vitamins. Content of vitamin C is equal to the melon spinach, asparagus, green onions. Iron salts contained in the melon, it is very useful for weak children. On the content of microelements in the melon is particularly rich in calcium - the first place among vegetables and fruits (and it is - healthy bones, teeth, nails). Due to the large amount of folic acid melon is indispensable for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerosis of cerebral vessels and the heart. Most nutritionists recommend to use the melon as a separate dish. It is well quenches thirst, calms the nervous system, is very mild on the gastrointestinal tract (in moderation), normalizes water-salt balance. In therapeutic and prophylactic purposes melon is quite possible to be used as a tonic, sedative, diuretic, mild laxative, stimulating hematopoiesis, and even antisclerotic antirheumatic.

In folk medicine, advised to eat a melon with exhaustion, as It may contain up to 18% sugar, and anemia. Especially useful melon for those who suffer from constipation, she is credited with the ability to display the stones from the kidneys and bladder. Melon feel good cleanser broad spectrum of action, including to cleanse the skin of acne and pigmentation. To this end, the pulp must boil for five minutes and then stretch and strain. The resulting mass, yet it is still warm, we must impose on the person. After 10-15 minutes, the mask can be removed by wiping the skin with a cotton swab. Mask needs to be done once a day during the week.

Dry skin is very good and refreshing melon mask. For this mash melon pulp and put it on the face and neck with a thin layer for 15 minutes. This mask does not wash off and wash with a cotton swab, and then lubricate the skin necessarily nutritious cream. A regular grooming ostuzhennym decoction of seeds (one tablespoon of powdered seeds per cup of boiling water) will make your skin softer and more toned, as well as give her whiteness.

Juice from the melon rind is instilled into the nostrils (2-3 drops) for nosebleeds. From crusts make compresses on your chest and throat - is one way to fight sore throat and bronchitis.

However, a one-time use of a large number of undesirable melons, as this could lead to "overload" the intestine and cause intestinal colic. In addition, enjoy the melon can be severely after 2-3 hours after eating, as it with nothing is not compatible. Also, do not immediately after you have eaten a melon drink cold water or alcohol - is fraught with intestinal disorders. Not recommended to use milk products and eggs after a melon. Do not eat the melon on an empty stomach, but rather eat it in between meals as a separate dish.

Doctors do not recommend to use a melon for those who have any disorder of the digestive system, peptic ulcer and 12 duodenal ulcer, especially if it is unripe. Also should refrain from melons and those who suffer from diabetes and nursing mothers.

How to identify a ripe melon, or not?The first thing you should smell the melon. At the ripe melons a strong flavor. Next you should inspect it carefully: there is usually a scar (a spot in the flower end), which is amenable to slightly when pressed. No less important is the color of flesh. Saturated color says that in melon lot of vitamin A. In addition, if the knock on the mature ripe melon will sound hollow. If no effort appears a green rind with scraping, then the melon is ripe and it can have. Pay attention to the stem. At the ripe melons he usually thick in diameter. Then you need to press the crust on the opposite side of the stem. In underripe melon rind is hard, and at the ripe - slightly amenable when pressed.

What should beware of when choosing a melon? You can not buy fruit with cracks or spots. Such damage can hide Salmonellosis and botulism. Do not buy fruit to "a collapse along the highway. A few hours lying along the highway melon accumulate a lot of heavy metals deposited on them from the exhaust of machines. Do not purchase cut melons, even wrapped in cellophane. Sweet melon pulp - an excellent medium for reproduction of the same agents of botulism and salmonellosis and many other microorganisms.

Irina Kapustina

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