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Cantaloupe high in vitamin C

A watermelon slice in his paws, the famous kitty drawn by Sandra Boynton that graces greeting cards and coffee mugs has a cat-ate-the-canary grin.

But if you're more a cantaloupe person, you might be saying: Why so smug?

Sure, with its striking green rind, red flesh and shiny black seeds, watermelon is just too cute to resist. But once you cut through its thick, coarsely netted rind, cantaloupe has the real heart of gold.

The orange flesh is an excellent source of vitamin C. (One-quarter of a medium cantaloupe equals 47 milligrams; it's recommended most women get 75 milligrams per day and most men 90 milligrams). It also contains beta-carotene, a plant pigment that may protect against cancer and vision loss, and plenty of potassium that can lower blood pressure.

Grilled Turkey and Cantaloupe Salad With Ginger-Lime Vinaigrette is a hearty entree salad loaded with interesting ingredients, including turkey bacon, turkey breast, grapes, cucumber and radicchio.

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