When Summer is here, we say the Season of Mangoes is here. Much like all the legendary things around the world, it is only when you have had a bite of the pulpy wonder can you understand the great hype surrounding it. Indians love their mangoes. And, the love is not only rooted in the fact that mangoes could possibly be one of the oldest fruits cultivated in the subcontinent or there are so many more reasons why the 'King Of Fruits' has enjoyed such a massive fan following across all ages, class and various other social barriers. From Alexander the Great to Mughal emperor Jahangir, the collective obsession for mangoes has unified kingdoms, solidified trade relations, influenced myths and folklores. It is hard to think even one fruit that has been even half so popular.
Nutritional Breakdown Of Mangoes : 1 cup of diced mango contains 100 calories, 1 gram protein 5g of fat, 25 grams of carbohydrate, to 23 grams of sugar and 3 grams of fibre 100% daily need for vitamin c 35% for vitamin a 20% folate, 10% of vitamin b6 l, 12 percent of vitamin k and potassium.
Health Benefits of Mangoes :
Fruit is an excellent source of Vitamin-A and flavonoids like β-carotene, α-carotene, and β-cryptoxanthin. 100 g of fresh fruit provides 765 IU or 25% of recommended daily levels of vitamin-A. Together; these compounds have been known to have antioxidant properties and are essential for vision.
Vitamin-A also required for maintaining healthy mucosa and skin. Consumption of natural fruits rich in carotenes is known to protect from lung and oral cavity cancers.
Fresh mango is a good source of potassium. 100 g fruit provides 156 mg of potassium while just 2 mg of sodium. Potassium is an important component of cell and body fluids that helps controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
It is also an excellent source of vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), vitamin-C and vitamin-E.
Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-Chelps the body develop resistance against infectious agents as well as scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals. Vitamin B-6 or pyridoxine required for GABA hormone production within the brain.
It also controls homocysteine levels within the blood, which may otherwise be harmful to blood vessels resulting in coronary artery disease (CAD), and stroke.
Further, it composes moderate amounts of copper. Copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes, including cytochrome c-oxidaseand superoxide dismutase (other minerals function as co-factors for this enzyme are manganese and zinc). Copper also required for the production of red blood cells.
Additionally, mango peel is also rich in phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants like carotenoids and polyphenols.