I never met a mango I didn’t like. Then again, I didn’t meet my first mango until I moved to LA in 2006. Actually, I did meet the SNL character Mango on a trip to NYC a few years before I ate my first mango, but I suppose that doesn’t really count. I still remember my first bite (the fruit, not Chris Kattan). Juicy, sweet, and simply blissful. How had I gone through my whole life and not tasted the golden egg of the fruit kingdom?
Mangos are packed with good stuff for the body (read: clean eating!). Vitamins A, C, and D, beta carotene too, high in fiber, iron, with powerful enzymes and acids to alkalize the whole body. Even though the fruit is very sweet, mangos have a low glycemic index so your blood sugar won’t spike after eating one.
Mangos aid in the immune system, normalize insulin levels, improve digestion and elimination, can help lower cholesterol and improve vision (vitamin A) and enhance sex drive (vitamin E). Mangos also can be used externally for skin treatments. As for the skin of the mango, it’s great roughage to clean out the digestive track. The skin of some mango is being researched to reveal other benefits. It commonly gets overlooked because most people don’t like the taste. Personally, I don’t mind the skin, and it’s easier to prepare, hold and eat.
You may have noticed a surplus in mangos in your local produce department. And now that you know the benefits, you might want to take advantage. Clean eating so good, skip the chocolate and have a mango for dessert!