Summers have arrived and so have mangoes. Also known as the King of Fruits, mango is perhaps the most popular and delicious fruit enjoyed in different varieties across the globe. And we’re not surprised; it’s both yummy and healthy!
Mangoes have always been linked to conditions such as obesity and diabetes (because of the sugar content), but what if we tell you that this nutrient-rich fruit might be really good for your health? Every food has its pros and cons and so is the case with mango; it is health-enhancing when eaten the right way, and can also do some damage if indulged in a bit too much.
Here are some facts about the fruit that will help you eat them without too much worry this summer:
The Goodness Of Mangoes
Let’s start with the good bits; here’s why you should include this seasonal fruit in your summer diet:
• Improves Digestion
A research published in the Official Journal of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology found that people who ate mango every day experienced greater improvement in their constipation symptoms as compared to those who ate an equivalent amount of fibre.
• Might Aid Weight Loss
A study done by researchers at the University of Queensland found that the skin of the mango, which is usually throw away, contains compounds that could help in weight loss. Yep, the peels of this fruit are for keeps!
• Excellent Source Of Vitamin-A And Vitamin-C
Mangoes are rich in vitamin-A, and work as an antioxidant ensuring healthy skin, bones and eyes. Besides this, mangoes are also one of the best sources of vitamin c, a vitamin that is essential for the proper functioning of your immune system.
Why You Need To Be Careful
As stated earlier, there are also a few downsides to eating this fruit, especially in large quantities. Here are a few:
• Skin Problems
“Mangoes have a high fructose content (a form of sugar), which can elevate the glucose level in your blood and cause pimples,” says Reema Hingorani, Consultant Dietitian & Nutritionist in Noida. She adds, “The king of fruits contains the oil urushiol that might occasionally lead to skin irritation too. Consuming raw mango can also cause excess irritation in some people.”
• Allergic Reactions
“Sneezing, abdominal pain, breathing problems, watery eyes, and running nose are few allergic reactions that are related to eating mangoes (varies from person to person),” says Reema.
So go ahead and eat this delicious fruit, but also remember – moderation is the key.