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Mangoes Move Me

Mangoes Move Me

Mangoes are Australia's most popular seasonal fruit with a unique flavour, fragrance, taste and heath promoting qualities. We eat our way through eight million trays of mangoes each year! Did you know our humble mangoes are rich in history and rich in benefits? Mangoes originated in South East Asia and have been right there in our backyard for at least 5000 years! There are unbelievable 1000 different varieties of mangoes found all over the world.

Mangoes are not only delicious but are also rich in vitamins, minerals, and anti-oxidants. They also contain an enzyme which has stomach-soothing properties similar to papain, which is found in papayas. These enzymes act as a digestive aid and can contribute to feelings of contentment and calm. Mangoes also offer a sensible amount of fiber which can assist in keeping your bowel movements regular. An average size mango can contain up to 40% of your recommended daily fibre intake and can help in replenishing any lost potassium. Mangoes are a good source of potassium and contain beta carotene. Beta carotene is a powerful anti-oxidant that can help protect the body against disease and also fight the signs of ageing by assisting with the growth and repair of cells, tissues and skin. Mangoes are also an excellent form of vitamins A and C. vitamin C, an antioxidant important in protecting the body from infection, is required in the formation of collagen, a protein that gives structure to bones, cartilage, muscle and blood vessels. Vitamin C also aids the absorption of iron, necessary for transporting oxygen from the lungs to cells all around the body.

Mangoes come in various sizes and colors. Choose the ones with intact skin without any bruises or cuts. Unripe mangoes can be kept at room temperature for a few days. To ripen, keep them in paper covers. Ripe ones should be stored in the refrigerator, but bring them back to normal temperature when the fruit is to be eaten to get the most natural taste and flavour.

So next time you work out your daily fruit allowance, consider making use of the humble mango while the season affords us such accessibility. They can be added to summer salads, made in to ‘mango sauce’, added to your yoghurt for breakfast or simply eaten as a snack. You will not only enjoy this fruit, but you can feel good knowing that the humble mango is offering real health benefits, a great reason to sink your teeth into a juicy mango!

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