We asked our good friends and expert dietitians at The Biting Truth why eating mangoes is not only good for our taste buds… but good for us.
They’re full of vitamin C
Watch out oranges, mangoes are here! Did you know that one mango provides us with more than 60% of our daily vitamin C requirements? Vitamin C plays an essential role in keeping our immune system up and running - helping to fend off nasty viruses and bacteria. It is also involved in the formation of collagen, an important protein needed to build healthy skin, muscles, blood vessels and bone. Vitamin C also assists our bodies to absorb iron from iron rich plant-based foods (e.g.lentils and chickpeas). This is particularly important if you’re vegetarian, as enjoying some mango after your meal can assist your body in absorbing the iron from the meal.
They’re loaded with beta-carotene
The beautiful honey golden colour of these mangoes means they’re loaded with beta-carotene, a very powerful antioxidant with disease fighting properties. Beta-carotene keeps our immune systems healthy and can reduce the risk of many cancers and other chronic diseases.
And packed with potassium
Mangoes provide us with a rich source of potassium, a nutrient that coordinates the movement of our muscles and nerves. Potassium also assists in keeping the fluids in our bodies balanced and in doing so helps keep our blood pressure under control.
Our favourite ways to enjoy mangoes:
- Sliced up on our muesli for breakfast
- Chopped up in salads
- As a component of homemade iceblocks