All You Need To Know About Mangoes

Mango is also known as the king of fruits. Mango is power source of a number of important nutrients. Consuming mango has been long associated with reduced risk of many lifestyle related health conditions. But just almost everything else, too much of it can reverse the benefits of eating mongoes. Mango is a low calorie fruit that is high in fibre and is a great source of vitamin A and C. Mangoes are a good source of anti oxidants, containing a number of useful phyto chemicals. Let us see what other health benefits can be accrued with mangoes

Ayurvedic properties

  • Taste                     :        Sweet, astringent
  • Potency                  :        Cold
  • Digection               :        Easy on stomach
  • Nature                   :        Pungent
  • Effect on doshas     :        Balance vata, neutral on kapha and pitta
  • Mango nourishes all 7 vital dhatus

Nutritional Facts (1 cup, single serving)

  • Calories        :        105
  • Carbs           :        26
  • Protein         :        1.6 gms
  • Fibre            :        3 gms
  • Vitamin C     :        75% RDI
  • Copper         :        20% RDI
  • Vitamin B6    :        12% RDI
  • Vitamin A     :        10% RDI
  • Vitamin E      :        9.8% RDI
  • Apart from this, mangoes also contain Vitamin B5, K, niacin, potassium, manganese, magnesium and folate

Antioxidants in mangoes

  • Mangoes contains super antioxidant called mangiferin
  • Apart from that it also contains catechins, anthocyanins, quercetin, kaemperol, benzonic acid and phenolic compounds

Glycemic Index

  • Glycemic index of a food is it’s ability to increase the level of glucose in the blood
  • It is measured on a scale or index of 1 to 100
  • Mangoes have a glycemic index in the range of 45 – 55 which is considered moderate

Health benefits of Mangoes

Mangoes have a number of benefits which lead to weight loss. Some of these are :-

  • Aids in digestion
    • Activates enzymes
    • Rich in carotenoid
    • Boosts immunity
    • Increases metabolic rate
    • Helps in fat burning
    • High in fibre
    • Low energy density fruit
    • Alkaline body

Apart from this, mangoes have a number of other benefits,  which are

  • Prevents asthama
    • Reduces allergies
    • Lower bad cholesterol
    • Aids in healthy heart
    • Good for bones
    • Increases calcium absorption
    • Good for skin
    • Good for hair
    • May prevent cancer

Apart from this, mangoes helps boosts immunity, reduces seasonal disease and allergies

How and when to eat Mangoes

  • Mangoes are best eaten in moderation. Some of the points one should adhere to while eating mangoes are :- having mangoes post meals as dessert

Try to have it in the first half of the

  • Avoid
    • day
    • Eat it as a snack or in breakfast
    • Try to eat it more as a whole instead of adding it in smoothies and other drinks
    • Best time to eat mangoes is mornings or in your post workout shake
    • Avoid combining mangoes with main meals

Dussehri mangoes which are available a little later than the other mangoes are easier to eat and contain more fibre compared to other mangoes. Raw mangoes also have a number of health benefits

Who should take care ?

  • Person with cronic fever
  • Diabetic people
  • People with weak digestion
  • People suffering from excessive bloating

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