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Does honeydew melon contain sugar?

Honeydew melon is a popular melon that is recognisable by its smooth rind and pale green flesh. Like many other popular melons, the honeydew is an excellent source of vitamin C with one cup delivering more than half the recommended daily intake. 

When compared to other high potassium fruits like bananas, the honeydew melon is low in calories. With only 149 kJ per 100 grams, the honeydew melon is a healthy snack that also delivers minerals like calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium with very little sugar and no fatty acids. 

How much sugar is in honeydew melon?

Honeydew melon is low in sugars when compared to other fruits. It has a high moisture content (89%).

100 grams of honeydew melon = 7.1g of sugar

When comparing honeydew to other melons (watermelon and rockmelon – also called cantaloupe) it is lowest in fructose with only 1.9g per 100gm (compared to 2.2g for rockmelon and 3.2g for watermelon) but is higher in sucrose with a total of 3.9g per 100gm (compared to 1.2g for rockmelon and 2.6g for watermelon). 

It’s worth noting that glucose levels are fairly consistent across all three types of melons with honeydew totalling 1.3g per 100gm, rockmelon totalling 1.3g per 100gm and watermelon totalling 1.2g per 100gm

If you are interested in a healthy, refreshing low fat snack that’s low in total sugars and is a great source of vitamin C, the honeydew melon is an excellent choice.

 

References

https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/afcd/Pages/fooddetails.aspx?PFKID=F005516

https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/afcd/Pages/fooddetails.aspx?PFKID=F005519

https://www.foodstandards.gov.au/science/monitoringnutrients/afcd/Pages/fooddetails.aspx?PFKID=F005520

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