Just the word mango conjures up images of a tropical paradise! According to the National Mango Board (Yes, there is such a thing) studies found that people who ate mango regularly had healthier diets than those who didn’t.
Mangoes are not only delicious but they’re a nutritional powerhouse, containing over 20 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. Mango is popular for its luscious taste and texture, but now you can feel good about eating it more regularly and not just as a treat!
Mangoes contain numerous compounds with suspected or demonstrated cancer-fighting properties, including beta-carotene, quercetin, catechins (remember them) and more! These powerful antioxidants have the ability to neutralize free radicals throughout the body preventing them from causing cell damage, and therefore reducing your risk for cancer.
The polyphenols in mango have been shown to have an impact on several different cancers, but are most effective on breast cancer and colon cancer. Research is ongoing studying the ability of bioactive components in mangoes to reduce cancer-promoting cells, specifically in breast cancer.
Scientists have determined that despite the fact that each variety of mango contains slightly different concentrations of antioxidants, they are all good sources of beta-carotene and polyphenols, so you can feel good about eating whatever variety is available to you.
SPECIAL NOTE: Mangoes should be avoided during radiation treatment, as they have been shown to protect the cells against cell death caused by radiation damage, increasing the possibility that you will lesson the impact of radiation on breast cancer cells.
Mangoes are a good dietary source of vitamins A and C and contain some B vitamins, as well as calcium magnesium, phosphorus and potassium.
Researchers found that adults who ate mango had lower body weight, higher intake of fiber and lower intake of fat, all of which are associated with better cardiovascular health.
Mangoes contain certain enzymes, which promote efficient digestion, can help with indigestion and have stomach-soothing properties.
The high amounts of vitamins A and C helps build and maintain collagen, which is particularly fabulous for your skin and hair! Yay!!
Mango Quinoa Salad
Mango is delicious on its own, or popped in a smoothie, but if you’d like to create your own tropical paradise right at home try this quinoa salad from Olivia at Primavera Kitchen www.primaverakitchen.com
5-Ingredient Mango Salsa
This simple salsa from Ali at Gimme Some Oven www.gimmesomeoven.com
can be eaten with chips or makes a delicious topping for fish or fish tacos! Ali also includes directions on how to select, peel and dice a mango, for anyone who’s new to this luscious fruit! From Ali at Gimme Some Oven www.gimmesomeoven.com
Do you have a memory of enjoying mango in an exotic location? Share below so we can all live vicariously through you.