Mango is reportedly the most popular fruit of the world. It is the national fruit of India, Pakistan and the Philippines. Also, it is the national tree of Bangladesh. Mangoes are called the ‘King of Fruits’ for a reason. Apart from tasting heavenly delicious, they are full of nutritional value and health benefits too. Many researches and studies suggest that mangoes are great for maintaining good health. So, if you are not already hooked onto them, here are the reasons why you should definitely eat them!

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1) HIGH NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Mangoes are one of the most nutritious fruits. According to the Iowa Department of Public Health, USA, mangoes contain the greatest amount of beta-carotene amongst all food items. The human body converts beta-carotene into vitamin A (retinol), which is an essential nutrient. The high amount of beta carotene thus leads to the protection of the body from various diseases. A single mango has from 107 to 135 calories and the other nutrients in the following proportions:

VITAMINS

  • Vitamin A (1262 IU)
  • Thiamin (0.1 mg)
  • Vitamin C (45.7 mg)
  • Riboflavin (0.1 g)
  • Vitamin E (1.8 mg)
  • Folate (23.1 mcg)
  • Vitamin K (6.9 mcg),
  • Vitamin B6 (0.2 g)
  • Niacin (1 mg)
  • Pantothenic acid (0.3 mg)
  • Choline (12.5 mg)

MINERALS

  • Iron (0.2 mg)
  • Potassium (257 mg)
  • Calcium (16.5 mg)
  • Phosphorus (18.2 mg)
  • Sodium (3.3 mg)
  • Zinc (0.1 mg)
  • Copper (0.2 mg)
  • Selenium (1 mcg)

OTHER NUTRIENTS

  • Protein (0.8 g)
  • Fiber (3 g)
  • Carbohydrates (28 g)
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2) HEALTH BENEFITS

As a result of being nutrient-dense, mangoes have many health benefits such as those listed below. Mangoes:

  1. Prevent Cancer, HIV, Heart Disease, Atherosclerosis, Chronic Diseases, Strokes, Asthma and even Heat Stroke
  2. Help treat Anemia, Diabetes, Kidney Stones and Diarrhea
  3. Help repair Brain Tissue and consequently reduce the effects of stress, anxiety, depression, insomnia, and cognitive impairment
  4. Promote Eye Health, Bone Health, Skin Health, Hair Health, Tissue Health, Brain Health, Liver Health and Workout Recovery
  5. Regulate blood sugar and blood pressure
  6. Boost the Immune System
  7. Help Lower Cholesterol
  8. Help Metabolism and Fertility
  9. Improve Digestion and exhibit anti-ulcer activity
  10. Highly recommended during Pregnancy
  11. Aid Weight Loss
  12. Protect against radiation damage
  13. Help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body
  14. Provide strength and energy (particularly if you consume the mango seed raw or cooked, according to Ayurveda)
  15. Furthermore, the mango fruit peel can also help cure hangovers and help lose weight by helping to burn excess body fat.
  16. The fruit also keeps your thyroid gland functioning optimally                                                                                                                                                                                                                         

    3) AVAILABILITY AND QUALITY IN PAKISTAN

1595 varieties of mangoes are known all over the world. They are grown in more than 100 countries.

At least 250 varieties are found in Pakistan and it is widely grown here. In fact, mango is the second major fruit crop of Pakistan after citrus. Further, the country grows some of the best mangoes in the world. It is ranked 4th in the world for mango production and is the 7th largest exporter in the world, UAE and UK being the top importers of our mangoes.

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Mango trees can grow very tall, some as much as even 100 feet. Additionally, what’s great about them is that they can bear fruit for up to 300 years.

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All in all, the best varieties of mangoes in Pakistan are:

  1. Sindhri
  2. Chaunsa
  3. Anwar Rataul
  4. Alphanso
  5. Langra
  6. Sammar Bahisht
  7. Fajri Kalan
  8. Banganpali
  9. Neelam
  10. Aman Dusehri

 

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Since our country produces some of the best mangoes in the world and produces them in large numbers, we have easy access to high quality mangoes. They are also not expensive and can be afforded by most people here. So, this is an additional reason to enjoy this delicious fruit!

 

Information sources:  www.stylecraze.com                www.well-beingsecrets.com                    www.icci.com.pk/

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