As Winter drags on, I have found that eating the tropical fruit mango picks up my spirits and reminds me of warmer times. Aside from providing a little psychological mood boost, I was happy to learn that mangoes are nutritionally beneficial as well. Here's a list of five things about mangoes that you might want to know.
- There are six common varieties of mangoes and since they have overlapping seasons they are available all year round.
- Half a mango is considered one serving of fruit. It is recommended that adults eat at least 2 servings of fruit a day, so if you eat the entire mango you are covered.
- Mangoes are high in vitamin C and beta-carotene, the antioxidant that gives the fruit its yellow orange color.
- When it comes to finding a ripe mango, don’t judge the fruit by its color. A ripe mango, regardless of shade, will give a little bit when squeezed. You can leave a firm mango in the window for a couple of days to ripen.
- A cup of mango contains three grams of fiber. That's 10 percent of your recommended daily intake of fiber.
I like to eat mango by itself or on my morning oatmeal. Tell me how you enjoy eating mangoes in the comment section below.