Posted: Tuesday, May 23, 2023. 9:54 am CST.
By Breaking Belize News Staff: As Belize dives into the warmth of the summer season, there’s one particular tropical delight that stands out in the produce aisles and local markets – the magnificent mango. This succulent fruit is not only delicious but also brimming with numerous health benefits, making it a summer must-have for Belizeans.
Known as the “King of Fruits,” mangoes are highly prized globally for their exceptional flavor, vibrant color, and nutritional value. According to Healthline, they’re packed with over 20 different vitamins and minerals, contributing to their superfood status (1). But what exactly are the health benefits of this juicy treat?
One of the primary benefits of mangoes is their rich content of Vitamin C, a nutrient that supports a robust immune system. A medium-sized mango can provide nearly 70% of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C (2). This vitamin is essential in maintaining the body’s natural defense against infections – a benefit not to be overlooked in the current health climate.
Additionally, mangoes are an excellent source of Vitamin A, crucial for eye health. The National Institutes of Health notes that Vitamin A promotes good vision, especially in low light, and is essential for maintaining healthy skin and mucous membranes (3). A single cup of sliced mango provides about 35% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin A (2).
Another notable nutrient in mangoes is dietary fiber. As highlighted in a study published in The Journal of Nutrition, dietary fiber contributes to better digestive health and may help reduce the risk of heart disease, type 2 diabetes, and certain types of cancer (4).
But the benefits of mangoes don’t stop there. This tropical fruit also packs plenty of antioxidants, compounds that protect your cells against free radical damage. Among these antioxidants, mangiferin, found in abundance in mangoes, has been studied for its potential anti-inflammatory, anti-viral, and anti-cancer effects (5).
The irresistible taste of mangoes, coupled with their numerous health benefits, makes them a fruit Belizeans should undoubtedly embrace this summer. Their versatility also means they can be enjoyed in numerous ways – whether in smoothies, salsas, salads, or simply on their own.
So, next time you’re at the local market, don’t hesitate to grab a bunch of mangoes and add a juicy burst of nutrition to your summer days.
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