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Mango – The Summer Fruit

Mango, also called as “king of fruits” is one of the nutritionally rich fruit with unique flavour, fragrance, taste, and thus promoting health benefits to humans. We all love mango. There is hardly anyone who will not like this amazing fruit. The only good thing about the hot summers in India is that it is also the season of mangoes.

There are almost 500-1000 varieties of different mangoes in India. This huge variety not only differs in shape, size and colour but also in its taste. Alphonso, Badami, Langada, Mallika, Dussehri, Baiganapalli are some of the popular varieties available in India.

King Sized Benefits of Mango 
Mango fruit is rich in Dietary fiber, Vitamins, Minerals and Antioxidant compounds. This makes it a good choice as a desert for Diabetics, Thyroid and those having High Cholesterol.

It is an excellent source of Beta Carotene, a pre cursor to Vitamin A and Potassium.

Mango is also a good source of folate which will help in purification of the blood and production of RBCs.

The antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia cancers.

The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically LDLs (Low Density Lipoproteins).

Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedy involves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning.

Boosts immune system.

The fiber in mangoes improves digestion and elimination of toxins from the body.

The potassium and vitamin content in mangoes helps to ward off the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Mango juice helps to prevents heat stroke.

The malic acid, tartaric acid in the mango helps in alkalizing the body.

Mangoes are also good for your skin and hair because they contain vitamin A, a nutrient required for sebum production that keeps hair moisturized.

GOOD OR BAD – Dietician’s Take
A lot of people have apprehensions whether to have a mango while on weight loss or high sugar or not.
Mango provides all the essential vitamins and minerals, has a low Glycemic index and has approximately 135 calories per fruit.
Consuming a whole mango as a fruit during the day as a mid meal is a good way to enjoy the original taste of mango. What we do is make juices, milkshakes, smoothies, aamras, phirni, mango ice creams, sheera, etc. So it is these other ingredients that increase the calories and the sugars that make mango the forbidden fruit.
So enjoy this season by having your mango guilt free!

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