What are Mangoes?
Mangoes are tropical stone fruits, plump and oval in shape and about the size of a grapefruit. They have an inedible skin that ranges in color from yellow to green through to red-green, depending on the variety, whilst inside is a soft, edible yellow flesh and a hard inedible stone.
Here are some health benefits of mangoes you may not have known.
Mangoes could help facilitate healthy digestion. According to the book, ‘Healing Foods’ by DK Publishing, mangoes contain enzymes that aid the breakdown and digestion of protein, and also fiber, which keeps the digestive tract working efficiently. Dietary fiber helps to lower the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes. Green mangoes have more pectin fiber than ripe mangoes.
Mangoes contain enzymes that aid the breakdown and digestion of protein, and also fiber
2. promotes Healthy Gut.
According to the book ‘Healing Foods’, mango flesh contains prebiotic dietary fiber, which helps feed good bacteria in the gut. A healthy gut is detrimental to a healthy state. Leaky gut, apart from poor digestion results in skin conditions like IBS, asthma, slow metabolism, and other health issues. Mango flesh contains prebiotic dietary fiber, which helps feed good bacteria
3. Boosts Immunity.
You would be surprised to know that an average-sized mango contains up to two-third of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C. The powerful antioxidant helps boost the immune system and prevents cold/flu.
Mango contains up to two-third of the daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
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4. Promotes eye health.
Including mangoes in the diet may also help promote your eye health. Mangoes are rich in beta-carotene that helps in the production of Vitamin A. The powerful antioxidant helps improve vision, boosts overall eye health, and even prevents age-related macular degeneration or loss of vision.
Mangoes are rich in beta-carotene that helps promote eye health
5. Lowers Cholesterol.
Eating mangoes could help regulate your cholesterol levels too. The high levels of fiber pectin may help bring down the low-density lipoprotein (LDL or bad cholesterol) which causes plaques in the vessels and blocks blood flow. The high levels of fiber pectin may help bring down the low-density lipoprotein (LDL).
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6. Clears the Skin.
Mangoes are filled with skin-friendly vitamin C and Vitamin A, both of which are crucial for healthy skin and skin repair. Mangoes, eaten in moderation are also known to exfoliate and eliminate dead pores. According to Macrobiotic nutritionist and Health Practitioner Shilpa Arora ND, “Mangoes are loaded with skin healing nutrients; for example, the fiber in mangoes cleanses your gut that is overloaded with toxic substances.”
Mangoes are filled with skin-friendly vitamin C and Vitamin A
7. Even Diabetics Could Enjoy it.
Yes, it is sweet and should be eaten sparingly, but that doesn’t make mangoes a strict no-no for diabetics. The glycemic index of mangoes ranges between 41 to 60, with an average of 51. The value of 51 is on the lower end of the glycemic index scale. Foods that are less than 55 are considered to be low glycemic food, which is safe for diabetics to consume. Foods with the low glycemic index make sure the release of sugar in the blood is slow, and there is no sudden spike in the blood glucose levels. Besides that, mangoes are also rich in dietary fibers, which again helps regulate the blood sugar levels. The glycemic index of mangoes ranges between 41 to 60, with an average of 51.
8. Aids Weight Loss
Mangoes, when eaten in moderation, could also help in weight loss. The phytochemicals in the mango skin act as natural fat busters. The mango flesh is filled with dietary fibers. Fibers induce a feeling of satiety. On eating high-fiber fruits or veggies you feel full for a longer time, which prevents you from tucking in other high fattening snacks.
Mango promotes quick weight loss