Mangos (Mangifera indica) are an oval shaped fruit with thin green, yellow, or red, skin and a thick yellow/orange flesh that surrounds a large central pit.
Health Benefits of Mangos
Increased Protection from Bacterial and Viral Infections
Increased Immune Function
Reduced Cancer Risk
Protection Against Heart Disease
Protection Against Dementia
Promoted Eye Health
Alleviation of Inflammation
Mangoes are related to both poison ivy and poison sumac. The oils from the skin and particularly the stem of the mango can cause allergic reactions and skin irritations in certain people. To help alleviate any possible reactions avoid eating mangoes close to the skin, and cut a mango from the bottom down to the stem. The amount of irritant oils also depends on variety, and several types of mango cause little irritation. *Some of these health benefits are due to the nutrients highly
concentrated in Mangos, and may not necessarily be related to Mangos.
A mango is ripe when it yields to gentile pressure, and is overripe if it becomes mushy. Mangoes can be bought firm and allowed to ripen at home. Avoid any mangoes with wrinkled skin, or a rancid smell.
Climate and origin
Mangoes are tropical fruits which originated in India and thrive in a hot dry climate. (Zone 10 in the U.S.)
Mangoes have a very sweet fragrant taste, mushy texture, and depending on variety, several stringy fibers.
Ever popular, mangoes account for 50% of all tropical fruits currently cultivated.
Natural vitamins, minerals, and nutrients found in Mangos + Complete Nutrition Facts
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