Tuesday, August 7, 2012
Mango - The Superfruit
I have REALLY gotten into Mangos lately. They are so good and I have been eating one every morning for breakfast. Not only are they good - they are good for you. Like really really good for you. There are some reports that they can even help with weight loss - but I have yet to see that.
I have been buying them by the dozens every week and cutting them up, freezing them in snack size baggies and putting the little baggies into a gallon freezer bag. I can just take out a couple of days worth at a time and have them ready to go. I have no idea how high in price they will go in the winter months so I want to have a stockpile in the freezer. Right now they are 68 cents each - but occasionally you can find them 50 cents this time of year. I won't buy them once they get over 80 cents and I have a feeling it won't be long now. By the way - you can keep them in the freezer for up to 6 months - although I doubt I ever have any make it that long!
Here are some great Mango stats:
One large mango without peel contains 1.06 grams of protein, 135 calories and 3.7 grams of dietary fiber.
It is full of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and phytochemicals.
Vitamin A ,Vitamins C & E and Selenium.
B-complex (anti-stress) vitamins, magnesium, potassium, phosphorus, Folic acid (folate), and zinc.
Mangoes are very low in Saturated Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium. They also contain some protein and amino acids, about 2% of your daily recommended amount.
Health Benefits include:
*Protect cells from free radical damage.
*Lower certain cancer risk.
*Improve iron absorption.
*Great for the eyes.
*Helps fight off viral infections.
The mango skin is full of antioxidants, such as carotenoids, beta-carotene, alpha-carotene and lutein but I am not much for the skin - so I toss it. I have never been a peeling eater of any fruit, really, but if you can eat them - more power to you! Just that much more superfruit to eat!