Ufff, ye garmi! Yes, it’s that time of the year… It’s the season where everything around turns into a furnace, and your only thoughts are about cold showers, iced water, cold drinks and chilling under your AC. Summers bring out the worst in us most of the times, at least for the people who live in extreme humid states like me.
Despite this, everyone waits eagerly for this season for only one single reason: Mangoes! The earliest memories of summers are associated with holidays and eating unlimited mangoes! May it be in the form of juice, ice cream or just cut mango pieces.
But as I crossed 30s, this love for mango suddenly changed into fear of mangoes. What if my weight increases? What if my belly shows? What if?? Since I was going to eat mangoes in any case, I decided to make a pro and con list of eating mangoes. And guess what – there are a lot of pros to eating. So here we go –
Reasons to eat more mangoes
Great for Skin:
Mangoes clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples. They are filled with healthy Vitamin A and C which supports healthy skin! Mangoes also help get rid of all toxins in the gut which in turn helps improve your skin. Yay!! Isn’t that a perfectly great reason?
One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes. The anti oxidant in mangoes help maintaining good health of eyes.
Lowered levels of cholesterol:
Mangoes help maintain cholesterol levels. The high level of fibre in mangoes does the trick!
Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fibre in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.
Remedy for Heat Stroke:
Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener (popularly known as Aam Panna in India) helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from the extreme heat that is prevalent in this season.
So, these are some of the most common pros of mangoes. Benefits or not, I will never stop having it.
When I was a kid, it was an every evening ritual wherein my grandpa used to very skilfully slice mangoes and my brother and I used to enjoy this sweet, ripe and juicy delicacy. Our hands and mouth were a mess by the end of it but, we still cherish those memories. For all those who think mangoes are fattening, here we are attaching a short video by none other than our very own Rujuta Diwekar, who gushes about the benefits of mangoes, and explains how we shouldn’t blame mangoes for our increasing weight.
Do you also have any memories associated with mangoes? We would love to know about them.
Till then happy summer and relish those mangoes as they won’t come back until next year!