Mango Mania – the Healthy and Delicious Fruit

A Healthy and Delicious Fruit – Mango!

Since my last post I’ve been steadily enjoying mangos and since it’s one of life’s pleasures that have numerous health benefits, I’m feeling great! The bright yellow/orange flesh of the mango signifies that nutritionally it is high in vitamins A and C – the great antioxidants that help the immune system and protect our cells from damage.

Mangos are also a rich source of iron and are a positive source of this nutrient for those suffering with anemia.

Mangoes also score well in quantities of B1, B2, B3 and B6 and have good amounts of magnesium and calcium in them. The significant levels of potassium in mangoes make it an excellent choice to boost the body after a sports work out. With no saturated fat and lots of fibre, a mango really has to be at the top of the list in choices for a healthy diet.

Mangos are a great snack throughout the day and during the height of season can replace a meal for me! The more fleshy (less stringy) varieties work great in smoothies. I like to blend a couple of ripe mangoes with bananas and coconut water for a delicious and very filling drink. I’ve also discovered that mixing it with thick coconut milk produces one of the most sublime drinks I have ever produced in my blender! And even without any added extras, plain mango juice is also delicious and refreshing on a hot day. To store mangoes for out-of-season enjoyment, peel the skin, cut into pieces and store in the freezer.

Mangos are also made use of in their green unripe state. On a visit to Cayman I found that a national delicacy was green mango with lime and chilli but being such a lover of the sweet fruit, I could not be persuaded to try it. Many spicy condiments and chutneys around the world are also made with the unripe as well as ripe fruits.

Oh with such delicious ideas I am quite un-patiently waiting for the next crop of mangoes to be mature and ready on my tree.

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