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20 Interesting Mangoes Facts

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Here we are, with yet another article on mangoes facts. In the last two articles, we didn’t cover much of the health benefits of mangoes. This article on mangoes facts intends to do so. Thus, if you are concerned about your health, this is one article you should not miss. Let us begin with our article without wasting further time.

Interesting Mangoes Facts: 1-5

1. It is said that a cup of a fresh mango serving offers 100 calories. The same amount of mango will offer 3 grams filling fiber. So, once you eat mangoes, you will feel fuller, thanks to the fiber.

2. 83% of a mango’s weight is made up of water. Why are we saying this? Penn State University researchers say that if you eat food which has lower energy density but high water content, you will feel fuller but end up eating less.

3. What’s the fuss about feeling fuller anyways? Well, the aforementioned points simply indicate that if you are trying to cut on your sugary food consumption and candies too, mangoes can help because of their natural sweetness and high fiber content.

4. Baylor College of Medicine and Louisiana State University researchers took data of food consumption for 29,000 adults and children. They found that those who eat mangoes have higher amounts of potassium and fiber in their overall diet. Those who don’t eat mangoes had lower amounts of those really important nutrients in their overall diet.

5. In the above study it was also found that adults who ate mangoes ended up eating less of sodium and sugar. So, the likelihood of those people becoming overweight was also low.

Interesting Mangoes Facts: 6-10

6. Not just that, adults who ate mangoes had one more edge. They had less amount of C-reactive protein in their body. This is a good thing because C-reactive protein cause bloodstream inflammation, which can later lead to chronic diseases.

7. Mangoes are really rich in antioxidants. Almost all varieties of mangoes have same amount of antioxidants.

8. The most abundant antioxidants in mangoes are Vitamin C, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, mangiferin, gallic acid and vanillic acid. Did you know antioxidants are effective against diseases like Type 2 Diabetes, cardiac diseases etc.

9. Do not be surprised but yes, antioxidants are effective against cancer too. They scavenge the cancer-causing free radicals, which are known to damage DNA, cell membranes and proteins. So, eat mangoes.

10. Mangoes are super rich in nutrients. They are rich in fiber, minerals, phytonutrients and vitamins.

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11. Vitamin C is known to boost the immune system in our body. One cup of mango is sufficient to fulfill your daily Vitamin C requirement.

12. Mangoes are also very rich in Vitamin A. This particular vitamin helps you to maintain healthy eyesight.

13. Vitamin B6 is also present in mangoes in abundance. This particular vitamin helps with cognitive development. So again – eat mangoes!

14. Worried about your heart? Mangoes are rich in folate which is necessary for maintaining a healthy heart.

15. Talking of eyesight, beta-carotene, a form of Vitamin A, is necessary for not only maintaining a healthy and sharp vision but also for preventing macular degeneration. This is an eye disease that comes with age.

Interesting Mangoes Facts: 16-20

16. Mangoes are natural tenderizers. What does that mean? Simple! Use mango for marinading meat. This is because of the enzyme known as papin.

17. Papin in mangoes is an acid-based marinade. So, it breaks down fibrous and connective tissues in meat. Make sure to use stainless steel, ceramic or glass containers to prevent metal-acid reaction that can possibly discolor your food.

18. Vitamin content in mangoes actually change depending on whether they are ripe or unripe. Unripe mangoes are rich in Vitamin C and as the mangoes ripen, Vitamin A increases.

19. Flavors of mangoes differ. This is because the taste of mangoes come from volatile organic chemicals that belong to ester, furanone and terpene classes. When these chemicals differ, the taste differs. Also if the same chemicals are present in two different cultivars but in different quantities, the taste will differ.

20. The sap, skin, stem and leaves of mango contains oil. This oil can lead to anaphylaxis (an allergic reaction that can eventually lead to death) and dermatitis in some humans.

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