Do you know that mango is the most consumed fruit in the world? According to Wikipedia, in 2016, global production of mangoes was 46.5 million tonnes, led by India with 40% of the world total. China and Thailand were the next largest producers. Mangoes are native to South Asia. It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan, and the Philippines, and the national tree of Bangladesh.
If you have a sweet tooth then dried mango is designed by Mother Nature especially for you. Dried mangos are natural candies with unique flavour and no added sugar or preservatives. The mango pieces are large, chewy, sweet-and-sour … simply delicious. They are fabulous in fiber which makes this dried tropical fruit a healthy snack that keeps you feeling full and supports the digestive system.
Dried mangoes are a true tropical delight that you can enjoy anytime and anywhere. This dried fruit is a marvelous addition to your weekly menu.
Mango Nutritional Value
Mango possesses a number of beneficial nutrients, including vitamin A, calcium, and iron. It also has a little bit of vitamin C, far less than is found in a fresh mango, because water-soluble vitamins are lost during the drying process. These dried fruits also contain about 2 grams of fiber in a 1/3-cup serving, as well as roughly 30 grams of sugar. A single serving of these sugar-dense fruits will also deliver about 160 calories, so eat in moderation.
Up to 25 different health-beneficial carotenoids have been isolated from mango pulp, the densest of which was beta-carotene (provitamin A), which accounts for the yellow-orange pigmentation of most mango fruits.
Health Benefits of Mango
Like all dried fruits, mangos are rich in soluble (pectin) and insoluble fiber (cellulose). Pectin helps stabilize blood sugar levels, increases nutrient absorption, and may reduce LDL “bad” cholesterol levels. Cellulose promotes a healthy digestive system and helps you to feel full, which makes dried mango a satisfying and healthy snack. Dietary fiber helps to stimulate peristaltic motion and alleviate symptoms of constipation and diarrhea, while also balancing the bacterial levels in your gut.
Dried mango is rich in provitamin A, which plays a significant role in promoting eye health, and can reduce the risk for macular degeneration, the leading cause of blindness among older adults.
There are quite a few active ingredients and antioxidants in dried mango that can help to soothe inflammation on the skin, promote regrowth and minimize the appearance of wrinkles, blemishes, and age spots. Moderate consumption of this fruit can also help improve elasticity, which can help you look younger.
Potential Health Benefits of Phytochemicals from Mango
According to Wikipedia, mango contains a unique substance called mangiferin with a variety of potential health benefits. Laboratory study has identified a variety of potential health benefits associated with mangiferin including antimicrobial and antioxidant activities, inhibitory effects on some enzymes which promote free radical production and gastroprotective and antidiabetic effects in rodents. Triterpene and lupeol, which show particular promise as anti-cancer agents, are also among numerous phytochemicals present in mango.