Cantaloupe serves as a good source of folate, an important water-soluble B-vitamin micro nutrient needed for healthy growth and maintenance of cells within the body. In fact, folate deficiency may lead to intrauterine growth retardation in newborns, increased risk for brain and nerve congenital defects and stunted growth in infants. Pregnant women, women of child-bearing age (me), alcoholics, patients taking anticonvulsants medications and those having nutritional anemia are advised to increase their folate intake to prevent health complications with folate deficiency. Cantaloupe also contains carotenoids, vitamin C and potassium. One cup of cantaloupe only has 56 calories, well worth every bit.