It's the season of Mangoes and how could we possibly miss writing an article about our beloved mangoes?! Read on for a lowdown on this wonderful fruit:
Why eat Mangoes?
If you REALLY need health-based reasons to eat this yummy fruit, we have some for you below:
- Mango helps in reducing serum cholesterol levels owing to the fact that it is high in fibre and a rich source of Vitamin C and pectins.
- Mangoes contain a lot of potassium (168 mg to be precise) which explains its benefits on controlling heart rate and blood pressure.
- Mango is classified as a low glycemic index (41-60) food. So having them will NOT spike up your sugar levels the way white breads and carbonated beverages would.
- Have your mangoes without a guilt for beautiful and healthy eyes. One cup of sliced mango equals 25% daily intake of Vitamin A
- Mangoes have twenty-five different carotenoids that help boost the immune system!
How to include mangoes in your diet?
- Fruit by itself: Just slice it and have it. It really is that simple. First thing in the morning or 2-3 hours post lunch to beat the afternoon slump
- Mango juice: Soothing and refreshing drink and one you should opt for ONLY if eating the whole fruit isn’t an option because in this case, you’d lose out on the fiber
- Mango milkshake: A perfect evening meal OR a traditional aam ka raas with roti at either lunch or dinner
- Fajeto: Fajeto is a yogurt and mango based curry that is tangy, hot, sweet and simply delicious. Easy to prepare – purée ripe mangoes and simmer it with yogurt and spices and its done! Serve the Fajeto along with roti or rice for a weekend lunch.
- Aam ka panna: Usually made from unripe (green) mangoes, this is a must try drink. Perfect to sip on mid-morning instead of chai or coffee.
PS. Please DO NOT believe baseless rumors about mangoes being ‘fattening’ and ‘high in sugar.’