It’s summer! And what do I think of when I think of summer? Fresh fruit! Specifically? My favorite: mangoes.
Also, my oldest, better known as the picky, I’ll eat only chicken (not from Publix or with sauce or fried weird or with something on the outside) and cheese (only natural, not processed or white) child, actually will eat a Mango. It’s like the sky opened up and threw me a bone for once.
After doing some quick research, I learned that mangoes are the most popular fruit in the world! And for good reason. Not only do they taste great, but their versatile and healthy, making them an iconic summer staple. While mangoes can be in season during most of the year due to different strains, they really peak in the summer months. Last summer, I went to Mexico with my two besties, also known as health bloggers and health weirdos and a vendor walked by and hollered, “Mango on a stick?” We just looked at each other. “Duh Mexican guy.”
And so what does all of this make me wonder: what are the nutritional values of mangoes? Here’s a quick guide for the best fruit of the summer.
Hair and Skin Health: Mangoes contain lots of Vitamin A, which helps in the sebum production that keeps your hair and skin shiny and moisturized. It also contains Vitamin C, which helps collagen production and builds the structure of the cells.
Bone Health: Mangoes have lots of Vitamin K, which low intake of is an indicator for bone fractures.
Heart Disease: Mangoes have potassium, fiber, and many vitamins that ward off heart disease. For example, to reduce symptoms of hypertension, doctors say to decrease sodium levels and increase potassium levels.
Digestive Health: The fiber and nutrients in mangoes help you to avoid stomach issues.
Diabetes: For Type 1 Diabetes, fiber helps lower blood sugar levels. In Type 2 Diabetes, fiber improves blood sugar, lipid count, and insulin levels.
Cancer Prevention: Mangoes have proven to help certain cancers, including breast, prostate, and colon.
Macular Degeneration: The antioxidant zeaxanthin filters out harmful blue light rays and plays a protective role in eye health.
With all of these amazing health benefits, mangoes are a staple of the summer diet. Healthy, nutritious, tasty, and juicy; what can’t mangoes do?
Enjoy your Mango! And if you can eat one that was just picked and put on a stick while sitting in a chair at one the world’s top beaches - you freaking do that!