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Eating mangoes won’t make you fat! Here’s what you need to know about the health benefits of this summer fruit

Updated on:20 April 2020, 17:30pm IST
If you have been wondering whether or not to indulge in this summer fruit, let us tell you that mangoes are quite nutritious and they don’t cause weight gain.
Jinal Keval Savla
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Realise your love for mangoes this summer and bask in the fruits health benefits.
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The king of all fruits is back in season. Mango has made its way to the local markets and there are a million reasons as to why you must not miss savouring its flavour and health benefits.

Yes, not just taste-mango has a plethora of health benefits to offer you. Wondering what they are? Well, read on:

1. Mango is rich in vitamin C and other antioxidants
Mango peels as well as pulp are rich in immune-boosting antioxidants that help to fight against a host of chronic diseases.

2. It is an excellent source of vitamin A
Rich in vitamin-A and flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha- carotene, and beta-cryptoxanthin-eating this fruit regularly can help keep your eye health in check.

3. It is high in potassium
Fresh mango is a good source of potassium which helps control heart rate and blood pressure thus, keeping the heart healthy.

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Mango can help keep a healthy heart, Ladies! Image courtesy: Shutterstock

4. Mangoes contain a good amount of dietary fibre
Mango contains dietary fibre and water both of which are essential for aiding good digestion and preventing glucose spikes.

Now that you know just how nutritious this much-awaited summer fruit is, let’s bust a few myths about mangoes: 

For starters, mangoes won’t make you fat
Mango doesn’t lead to weight gain, it is just like any other fruit rich in nutrients, fibre, antioxidants, and minerals. It cannot cause weight gain if eaten the right way.

Diabetics can consume mango, but in limited quantities
Diabetics can certainly consume the fruit but the quantity has to be restricted as per glycaemic control, with the guidance of a physician and/or a qualified nutritionist.

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Keep your blood sugar levels in check with this summer fruit. Image courtesy: Shutterstock.

You can prevent mango-related breakouts
Mango is alkaline in nature and is excellent for improving skin and hair quality. However, due to its availability during summer and sometimes due to hyperacid production by the body, eating mangoes can give you acne. In order to avoid that, you can soak mangoes in water for a few minutes before eating them.

Believe or not, there is a right way of consuming the fruit
To begin with, mango should not be consumed at lunch or dinner along with the main meal. It should rather be consumed as a meal in itself as a mid-morning or an evening snack. This prevents weight gain as well as post-meal glucose spikes. 

Moreover, you should ideally consume mango whole. If not, you can slice or cube the fruit but avoid juicing the fruit for consumption. This causes fibre and nutrition loss. 

Now that you are up-to-date about all the wonders of mango, go ahead and enjoy this delicious summer treat. 

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Jinal Keval Savla

Jinal is a clinical nutritionist and founder of The Healthy Palate. She is also a certified yoga instructor.