Juicy fruit: spotlight on mangoes
Mango is on the scene! Full of vitamins, minerals, fibre and antioxidants, ’tis the season to get this juicy fruit on your plate. These natural sweets are an awesome way to stave off sugar cravings, as they’re low in kilojoules and contain around 85 percent water.
Antioxidants are super essential to protect our bodies cell’s from damage caused by oxidative stress – an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects. Lucky for us, mangoes, the king of summer fruits, are a rich source of antioxidants such as mangiferin, quercetin and anthocyanin (to name a few!). Research into mangiferin has shown that it may have huge potential in combating degenerative diseases, such as heart disease and cancer.
Mangoes are also known for helping to support the digestive system, all thanks to enzymes that have tummy-soothing properties and promote efficient digestion. Given they’re high in fibre, they can keep you fuller for longer and may prevent constipation. In particular, a soluble fibre known as pectin (also in apples) helps keep your blood cholesterol in check.
The mineral content is perfect for us exercisers too: mangoes are a good source of potassium, which is lost when we sweat, and magnesium, which helps our m,uiscles relax and prevents cramp[ing. Both minerals are essential for our heart and maintaining good blood pressure. Mangoes also contain iron, which is great for vegetarians, vegan or mums-to-be who need a boost.
Vitamin roll call
Mangoes are rich in b6, which is needed to maintain brain function and support good mood. They’re packed with vitamins A and C, too – there’s 35% of your recommended daily intake of vitamin A and 100 percent of vitamin C in just 165g.
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