Mangoes are juicy stone fruit (drupe) from numerous species of tropical trees belonging to the flowering plant genus Mangifera, cultivated mostly for their edible fruit.
Mangoes have been named the most widely consumed fruit in the world. … While the skin color of mangoes can vary from green to red, yellow, or orange, the inner flesh of the mango is mostly a golden yellow. They have a sweet and creamy taste and contain over 20 vitamins and minerals.
Mango is one of the seasonal fruits grown in the tropics is believed to be originating in the sub-Himalayan plains of the Indian subcontinent and has been cultivated for over 4,000 years. There are hundreds of types of mango, each with a unique taste, shape, size and color. Botanically, this exotic fruit belongs to the family of Anacardiaceae, a family that also includes numerous species of tropical fruiting trees in the flowering plants such as cashew, pistachio.
Scientific Name: Mangifera Indica
Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of many lifestyle-related health conditions.
Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like mangoes decreases the risk of obesity and overall mortality, diabetes, and heart disease and promotes a healthy complexion and hair, increased energy, and overall lower weight.
Mangoes can possibly help protect and strengthen the body in the following ways;
Mango is a good source of immune-boosting nutrients.
One cup (165 grams) of mango provides 10% of your daily vitamin A needs.
Vitamin A is essential for a healthy immune system, as it helps fight infections. Meanwhile, not getting enough vitamin A is linked to a greater infection risk. Mango as well is a good source of folate, several B vitamins, as well as vitamins A, C, K and E — all of which help boost immunity.
Improve Digestive Health:
Mango has digestive enzymes, water, dietary fiber and other compounds that aid different aspects of digestive health like constipation and diarahea.
Supports Eye Health:
Mango contains lutein, zeaxanthin and vitamin A — which support eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin may protect from the sun, while a lack of vitamin A can create vision problems.
Improves Hair & Skin Health:
Mango contains vitamin C, which gives your skin its elasticity and prevents sagging and wrinkling. It also provides vitamin A, which promotes healthy hair.
Avoids the Risk of Cancer:
Mango is high in polyphenols, which may have anticancer properties. Test-tube and animal studies found that mango polyphenols reduced oxidative stress and stopped the growth or destroyed various cancer cells, including leukemia and cancer of the colon, lung, prostate and breast.
Just as Mangoes is delicious it can be enjoyed in many ways. However, it contains more sugar than many other fruits. Enjoy mango in moderation by limiting it to under two cups (330 grams) per day. There are lots of recipes with mango but we will discuss few of them;
- Corn, Avocado and Mango Salad: This healthy and hearty salad can cheer you up instantly. Toss together corn, spring onions, bell peppers, cherry, tomatoes and herbs pepped up with chunks of raw mango. A crunchy, refreshing salad to pack for a mid-day meal.
- Chilled Mango Cheesecake: Everyone’s favourite dessert made with the most popular fruit! Cheesecake is the dream dessert we all crave and when it is made with cream, hung curd and mangoes, it just can;t get any better! Round off an idyllic afternoon with friends by turning the spotlight on this stunning, impressive dessert. This recipe replaces cream cheese with hung curd and regular cream.
- Mango Rice: This refreshing salad is also called as ‘Yum Mamuang’. With the crunchiness of peanuts and freshness of mint, this Thai salad is served on a bed of lettuce. Pair with rasam or curd, or just eat as is, the tangy and spicy taste will just get on your taste buds like nothing else!
- Mango Ice-Cream: What can be better than a home-made ice cream on a hot summer’s day? Just a handful of kitchen ingrediets and mangoes is all it takes to make luscious, delicious scoops of mango ice cream.