Being one of the most popular fruits in the world, mangos also have an abundance of great health benefits. Just one cup of mangos contains 100 calories and they also provide 100% of your daily vitamin C. Unlike some other fruits, mangos are actually available all year round. To figure out if they are ripe to eat they will be slightly firm and if you need to speed up the ripening process, you can put the mango in a paper bag at room temperature. If you have never tried mangos before, but want to and don’t know where to start, try putting them in smoothies, salsa, salads, or they are also great as a snack plain. Here are some great health benefits that will encourage you to try mangos:
- Helps clear pores and eliminate pimples
- One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A. This promotes good eyesight while preventing night blindness and dry eyes
- Mango leaves help balance insulin levels in the blood.
- The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination of waste within the body
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from overheating
- antioxidant compounds in mangos have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat
- The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein
We made a Brazilian Black Bean and Mango stew in our new cookware that came out delicious!
- 12 oz. Tofurkey faux meat
- 1 medium sweet white onion, diced
- 2 cloves of garlic, sliced
- 2 medium sweet potatoes, peeled and diced
- 1 large red bell pepper, diced
- 1 large can Rotel Tomatoes with chiles (mild or medium heat; with juice)
- 1 large can black beans, rinsed and drained
- 2 large mangoes, peeled, pitted, diced (2 cups of fruit if using frozen)
- ¼ cup cilantro for garnish
- Water as needed
- Cook the onion and garlic until they start to become translucent
- Add tofurkey, breaking it apart
- As it cooks, add the sweet potatoes
- Then add the tomatoes and beans
- Cover and cook 15-20 minutes until the sweet potatoes soften
- Add the mango and cook until heated through
- Garnish with cilantro
Enjoy some mango!
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