You will agree with me that consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions. But honestly, how can one forget the sweet and refreshing taste of a cold mango or a pure mango smoothie on a hot sunny day. Sometimes called the “king of fruits,” mangoes are one of the most widely consumed fruits in the world. They are not only delicious, but also nutritious but as with most foods, however, moderation is key because sweet fruits like mangoes can have a lot of sugar.
There are many different kinds of mangoes. They range in shape, color flavor and seed size. While the skin color of mangoes varies from green to red, yellow or orange, the inner flesh of mango is mostly golden yellow.
You probably have not thought about the immense health benefits that comes with every bite of the “king of fruits” you eat—yeah. Let us go through some of them, ready?
Aid in Digestion
Mangoes play a prominent role in eliminating problems such as indigestion and excess acidity. The digestive enzymes in them help promote natural, efficient digestion. The bioactive ingredients in mangoes like esters, terpenes, and aldehydes contribute in enhancing appetite and also improve the function of the digestive system.
The high levels of fiber, vitamin C, and pectin present in mango help to lower serum cholesterol levels, particularly the “bad” LDL cholesterol in the body. The fiber in mangoes restricts the secretion of a hormone called leptin, which produces fat cells. Vitamin B6 controls the levels of homocysteine, which is harmful to blood vessels and can trigger strokes and heart attacks. The high content of polyphenolic antioxidants prevents fat accumulation in the arteries, thus preventing plaque formation and artery blockage.
Good For The Eye
The high amount of vitamin A as well as flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin present in mangoes improves vision, fights dry eyes and prevents night blindness. So hey! Feel free to enjoy your mango. Just one cup of sliced ripe mangoes fulfills 25% of your daily requirement of vitamin A. (good right?)
Mango is also nicknamed as the ‘love fruit’ due to its aphrodisiac qualities. Consumption of mangoes can increase virility in men. The abundant amount of vitamin E in mangoes helps to regulate sex hormones and boosts sex drive. ❤
High Iron For Women
Mango is rich in iron, hence it is a great natural solution for people suffering from anemia. Menopausal and pregnant women can indulge in mangoes as this will increase their iron levels and calcium at the same time.
You can enjoy it as a fruit, juice and smoothie or in a dessert.
A Mango Recipe You Can Try to Brighten Up Your Meal Plan
Mangoes can be used in a variety of dishes when a citrousy sweet punch is what you’re hoping to achieve.
From smoothies, breakfasts, and savory lunches and dinners all the way to dessert, mango is a versatile ingredient that can complement many other flavors.
Mango Raspberry Protein Smoothie
- 1 fresh mango, peeled and chopped
- ½ cup frozen raspberries
- ½ cup plain non-fat Greek yogurt
- 1 cup unsweetened non-dairy milk
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (optional)
Place all ingredients into a high-powered blender, and blend until smooth.
Pour into your favorite glass and enjoy.
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