Myths About Mangoes

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Tropical Mangoes are here! Many regular Pittman & Davis customers look forward with eagerness to summertime when they can order Mangoes fresh from our Florida groves – which you might not understand if you’ve never tried this sweet, golden fruit.

If you’ve hesitated before trying beautiful, fresh Mangoes, what are you waiting for? Perhaps you’ve fallen victim to the rumors surrounding Mangoes that cause some fruit aficionados to shun them. But they’re just that – rumors. The truth is that Mangoes are nutritional powerhouses, high in fiber, antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients.

There’s nothing like the sweet-tart, juicy flesh of fresh mangoes during the spring and summer. This “fruit of queens” is not only incredibly delicious eaten fresh or when used to add a tropical flair to recipes (smoothies, salads and salsas are just a few examples of what mangoes are good for).

Read below five common myths about Mangoes that we’ve debunked:

Myth: Mangoes are bad for diabetics.

Fact: By no means – in fact, it’s recommended that diabetics eat a Mango a day! Unlike other foods, Mangoes are low on the glycemic index and full of fiber, which helps to regulate blood sugar. What natural sugars Mangoes do have aren’t the type that are unhealthy for diabetics (or, for that matter, anyone!).

Myth: Apart from lots of Vitamin A, Mangoes are not nutrient-dense.

Fact: Vitamin A is great for your eyes, helps boost your immune system, and may reduce your risk of developing some cancers – but that’s not the only vitamin you’ll find in healthy Mangos. Mangoes are also a great source of Vitamins C and B-6, as well as potassium and other nutrients. They also have more beta-carotene than any other fruit.

Myth: Mangoes are a bad choice for those trying to lose weight.

Fact: While it’s true that Mango-flavored drinks and foods can be high in fat, a fresh Mango has less than a gram of fat in it. It’s true that, like many fruits, Mangoes are high in sugar (the natural kind your body actually has to work to process), but eaten in moderation, Mangoes can actually help you lose weight because they satisfy your desire for something sweet. A one-cup serving of diced mango has only about 120 calories, making it a filling yet low-calorie snack.

Plus, they’re full of vitamins and minerals!

Myth: Mangoes are bad for your skin.

Fact: We’re not sure how this myth started because the reverse is true – Mangoes, which are rich in lycopene, carotene, and iron, are actually very good for your skin.

Myth: Eating Mangoes makes you feel lot.

Fact: There is actually some truth to this…unlike “cooling” fruits, Mangoes contain phytic acid, which is known for its ability to warm the body. You can get around this by soaking your serving of Mango in water before eating it, which leaches out the phytic acid and gives the fruit cooling effects (this is why Mango is so popular in summer drinks).

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