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The King of Fruits – Mango

Ufff, ye garmi! Yes, it’s that time of the year… It’s the season where everything around turns into a furnace, and your only thoughts are about cold showers, iced water, cold drinks, and chilling under your AC. Summers bring out the worst in us most of the time, at least for the people who live in extremely humid states like me. It is time when we need to stop worrying about the excess weight and start understanding the benefits of mango!!

Let’s make everyday Mangofficient!!

Despite this, everyone waits eagerly for this season for only one single reason: Mangoes!  The earliest memories of summers are associated with holidays and eating unlimited mangoes! May it be in the form of juice, ice cream, or just cut mango pieces.

But as I crossed my 30s, this love for mango suddenly changed into fear of mangoes. What if my weight increases? What if my belly shows? What if?? Since I was going to eat mangoes in any case, I decided to make a pro and con list of eating mangoes. And guess what – there are a lot of pros to eating. So here we go –

Benefits of eating mangoes

Great for Skin:

Mangoes clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. They are filled with healthy Vitamin A and C which supports healthy skin! Mangoes also help get rid of all toxins in the gut which in turn helps improve your skin. Yay!! Isn’t that a perfectly great reason?

Eye Health: 

One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes. The anti-oxidant in mangoes helps to maintain the good health of the eyes.

Lowered levels of cholesterol: 

Mangoes help maintain cholesterol levels. The high level of fiber in mangoes does the trick!

Improves Digestion: 

Papayas are not the only fruit that contains enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.

Remedy for Heat Stroke:

Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing it with water and a sweetener (popularly known as Aam Panna in India) helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from the extreme heat that is prevalent in this season.

So, these are some of the best benefits of eating mangoes. Benefits or not, I will never stop having it.

When I was a kid, it was an every-evening ritual wherein my grandpa used to very skilfully slice mangoes, and my brother and I used to enjoy this sweet, ripe and juicy delicacy. Our hands and mouth were a mess by the end of it but, we still cherish those memories. For all those who think mangoes are fattening, here we are attaching a short video by none other than our very own Rujuta Diwekar, who gushes about the benefits of mangoes, and explains how we shouldn’t blame mangoes for our increasing weight.

Do you also have any memories associated with mangoes? We would love to know about them.

Do not forget to read about interesting mango recipes in our food blog!

Till then happy summer and relish those mangoes or some mango recipes as they won’t come back until next year!

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