EN on Foods

May 2009 Issue

Much (Well Deserved) Ado About Mangoes

The most popular fresh fruit on the planet, mangoes originated in South Asia, where it was once revered as sacred. Every part of the mango tree and its fruit have been used in folk remedies there. It may surprise you to learn that the mango (Mangifera indica) is in the same family as cashews and pistachios. The sweet yellow-orange flesh of a mango is packed with a powerful cocktail of 20 different health-protective nutrients. A one-cup serving of sliced mango is an excellent source of vitamins A and C plus 3 grams of fiber. In addition, mangoes provide a variety of antioxidant carotenoids like alpha-carotene, beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin, which lend mangoes the sunny color of their flesh.

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