Mango the KING of FRUITS - enjoy the summers

Mango the KING of FRUITS - enjoy the summers

By Deepalekha Banerjee  on: 03 May 2018
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Hey its summer; the king of fruits is here – The MANGO. But you are on diet. You must not eat mango at all. You will put on weight. You want to be fit and slim. So A big NO to mangoes though you love to eat them. Diabetics should not even think of mangoes.  Daily you are struggling and fighting such dilemmas. If you ask me – it’s a big YES. You can always enjoy the king of fruits MANGOES , even diabetics.

Know the actual facts of the magical fruit – The MANGO

  • Low glycemic index – the average GI of mango is 51 which is considered low according to WHO. That means people with diabetes can safely consume mango as their sugar level will not rise after consumption of mango.
  • High in fibre - 1 cup pf mango provides almost 3 gms of fibre. Hence promotes in weight loss and other health benefits like blood cleanser, detoxification of the body
  •  Decrease risk of cardio vascular disease – the fruit is high in fibre and potassium. Hence the CVD risk decreases to great extent. The high potassium in mangoes flush out the excess sodium in the body thus helps in decreasing hypertension in people
  • Promotes digestion – the high fibre content relieves constipation and promotes digestion.
  • Improves eye health – 1 cup of mangoes contains 25 % of the daily Vit A intake. Hence improves eye sight.
  • Lowers cholesterol – the high fibre,pectin and vit C content in the mangoes helpsto lower serum cholesterol (bad cholesterol).
  • Combets acidity – the tartaric acid, malic acid, traces of citric acid sustains the alkaline environment inside the body. Hence prevents acisity
  • Boosts immune system – Vit A. Vit C and carotenoides improves the immune system more healthy and strong

 

Hence keeping the above facts in mind we must include this magical fruit in our daily diet. But yes I agree to the fact that mangoes are HIGH in Calories. So portion control is utmost necessary. Excess calories can be burnt by walking an extra mile but for one flaws we can never ignore or neglect the other 100s of health benefits it delivers us.

Enjoy the seasonal fruit and stay healthy and fit.

                                                                                                                                                ~ Dt. Deepalekha Banerjee

 


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