Sunday, January 13, 2008
The Mighty Mango
Mangos are my favorite fruit so I was thrilled to learn of all the benefits they have to offer. They provide essential nutrients that supply your body with vital antioxidants. Mangos' healthy dose of vitamin C and beta carotene provide essential antioxidants that protect your body from free radicals and can help protect you from chronic diseases, including cancer. Vitamin C supports your immune system and the growth and repair of your body's tissues. Beta carotene gets converted into vitamin A which helps promote healthy vision, strong bones, strong teeth and tissue health. Vitamin A also supports your immune system.
A cup of mango has about 110 calories and is free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. It also provides 3 grams of fiber, which is 12% of your recommended daily fiber.
How to pick a mango:
There are many differnet kinds of mangos. You can get a fresh mango in green, yellow or red. A ready to eat mango will have a small give when you squeeze it. If it is not yet ripe, keep it at room temperature. Once it is ripe, put it in the refrigerator where it can be stored for up to 5 days. Do not refrigerate an unripe mango.
How to cut a mango:
Always wash the mango before you cut it. The best way to cut it is to put it stem down on a cutting board and cut it into 2 ovals. Then cut parallel slices into the two halves, scoop out the peices and enjoy.
Try incorporating mangos into your recipes. See the recipe link on the side bar for a new mango recipe!
1/2 cup fresh fruit = 1 serving (out of the 5 suggested servings a day)