Friday, May 14, 2010

Mongo Mango

I LOVE LOVE LOVE mangoes!! We just scored a bunch of them from our local co-op and we are in HEAVEN!!! We've had them in salsa, smoothies and fruit salad and we've been sure to have a couple all by themselves! They are so sweet, smooth and so yummy! Our baby is LOVING every bite!Mangoes are a great fruit too!! Here are a few things that I learned about mangoes, and a few things that I already knew!

* Mangoes are one of the best sources of betacarotene, quercetin and astragalin. All of which are powerful antioxidants that neutralise free radicals. If you remember, free radicals are those beasts that can damage cells and lead to heart disease, cancer, premature aging and degenerative diseases.

* In just one small mango you will find a quarter of your recommended daily allowance for vitamin C, just about two thirds of vitamin A, and lovely amounts of vitamin E and fiber.

* They also are a good source of vitamin K, phosphorus, magnesium and potassium!

* Mangoes also contain pectin, which is a soluble dietary fibre, it has been shown to lower blood cholesterol levels.

* Ever hear the term ‘high volume’ food? It means you get A LOT of food for a small amount of calories. Mangoes are one of these high volume foods! One mango has about 135 calories. They do contain a good amount of natural sugar too, that same mango will have about 30g.


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