10 Good Reasons to eat more Mangoes!

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It’s Summer Time, and the King of fruits – Mango is flooding the food market. Mango mostly originates in the Indian Subcontinent, and therefore is a popular Indian fruit. In fact, it is the national fruit of India.  There are almost 60 different varieties of Mangoes found in India, but most popular among them is Alphonso (Cross pollination) variety, which is richer in taste and has greater shelf life.

If you are a mango fan (most of us are), this would give you some more reasons to enjoy the great fruit! If not, this would give you the reason to buy more of them, stock your refrigerator and try some yummy mango recipes!

Mangoes are

  1. High in dietary fiber.
  2. Excellent Source of Vitamin A and Vitamin C
  3. Good Source of Beta Carotenes
  4. Good source of Carbohydrates
  5. Good Source of Antioxidants
  6. (Unripe Mangoes are) Good Source of Antinutrients (compounds that inhibit conversion of starch to sugar).
  7. Source of Folate
  8. Source of B Vitamins, Vitamin E and Vitamin K
  9. Source of Potassium
  10. Helpful in fighting skin cancer and prostate cancer.

Eating Unripe Mangoes

The popular sour taste of mangoes is used in preparing lip smacking chutneys, and a cool and refreshing drink (aam panna), and mango pickles. Mangoes (in form of powder) are also used in curries to add a distinctive sweet-sour flavor, or pieces of fresh sour mangoes are also cooked in gravy and eaten with rice or chapatis. Another Indian favorite is the sweet and sour mango bars (aam papad).

Eating Ripe Mangoes

Mangoes taste best when cool / chilled and freshly cut. They make great desserts and taste great with ice-cream. They taste great in a fruit salad, with yogurt, and of course they are a good ingredient for a shake or a smoothie.

It is better to eat the fruit rather than buying artificial flavor based (sugary) beverages and candies.

References:

The Complete New Book of Food by Carol Ann Rinzler

Wikipedia

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Fauzia Hussain
Fauzia Hussain

my daughter loves mangoes...but too much of it isnt really good....best is to have the fruit of the season in moderation....
i have already stocked up grated raw mangoes in salt and vinegar for chutneys,pickles and curries!!!

Kavita Sriram
Kavita Sriram

I am a mango lover, like many of my friends. I like it the most in form of mango shake. I also love diced mango with vanilla ice-cream.

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