Rich in nutrients, equipped with a unique taste and strong aroma, are the characteristics that make the mango the king of fruits. And what an absolutely mouth watering recipe this mango and maca smoothie is. Mango is my fruit of choice. I’m not sure what it is about this orangey, gooey fruit, I just love it!
There are many other interesting facts associated with the mango. It is the most commonly cultivated fruit of tropical areas, in fact, India produces almost half of the world’s mango’s but ends up eating most of its production, which is why it holds less than one percent of the world’s mango trade.
Other than fresh consumption, mango’s are also used in all types of meals, starting with breakfast and going on to lunch and dinner. Unripe mango’s are made into chutneys, pickles, salsa and various side dishes. Mango Lassi is a popular South Asian drink made with the fresh fruit, sugar and yoghurt. Mango is a national fruit of no less than three countries and the plant is Bangladesh’s national tree.
Mango Nutrition Facts
One cup of mango slices has a mere 100 calories, zero fat and zero sodium content. It does have more than twenty vitamins and minerals, and a host of phytonutrients.
A single mango is a powerful source of vitamins A and C, supplying half of the daily requirement of vitamin C and 15% of vitamin A. It is also a good source of vitamins B, E, K, riboflavin, and niacin. The fruit is certainly not lacking in the mineral department either, consisting of such vital minerals like magnesium, potassium, copper, phosphorus, and tiny amounts of iron, along with selenium.
The flesh along with the peel of the fruit contains phytonutrients like carotenoids, lutein, gallic acid, polyphenols, omega-3 and 6 fatty acids.
Health Benefits of Mango
Latest research indicates that the antioxidants like quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as a wide variety of enzymes found in mango can protect against breast, colon, and prostate cancers. The ample amounts of vitamins along with the 25 types of carotenoids help to maintain a strong immune system.
The digestive enzymes found in mango’s help in providing relief from indigestion and overly high acidity levels. The same enzymes enhance the utility of the digestive system. The vitamin B6 in mango’s plays an important role in unifying vital neurotransmitters that contribute to influencing mood and sleeping patterns.This ensures healthy brain and nerve function. The glutamine acid is responsible for enhancing concentration and memory.
The elevated quantities of vitamins A and C in mango’s are used in producing collagen proteins in the body. Collagen is used by the body to protect arteries and the connective tissues, which can slow down the aging process.
According to ayurvedic medical theory, people become exhausted and diuretic in warm climates due to excessive heat raising the body’s temperature. Drinking mango juice helps to keep the body cool and protected from overheating, which averts heatstroke.
Add to this the health benefits of maca, and you start your day filled with energy, knowing that all of these nutrients are protecting your body from oxidants around you, and your digestive system is getting some TLC!
How to Make a Maca and Mango Smoothie
- 1 teaspoon maca powder
- 1 cup frozen mango
- ½ cup plain yoghurt
- 1teaspoon honey (optional sweetener)
Directions: Peel and cut the mango into chunks. Whack all the ingredients into a blender and hit the switch. Yum..!
You might also like to add cinnamon or even ginger, to spice things up a little!