In defence of the mango

Aren’t
mangoes fattening? It is the time of year for the annual question about the
fattening qualities of this delicious fruit.

The
typical response in Lifestyles with Donna session is: cheese cake and heavy
cake are fattening, eat your mangoes.

“How
many can I eat?” is the usual follow-up question, and the answer has to be left
to personal discretion and ability to consume. 

There
are tales of buckets of mangoes eaten in the ocean, island-style.

I
think that there can’t be much wrong with this wonderful fruit that grows
naturally and provides so much goodness.

Fat
accumulates from an excess of calories when the intake of calories and output
of energy are balanced too heavily on the intake side.

Overeating
in any department of food can lead to weight gain, but it’s far better to
overeat on mangoes than sweets processed and wrapped in clear plastic or high
fat foods like fried chicken, patties and chips (French fried and potato).
Think about it.

For
your interest, in googling mango, the following information was reported:
“Nutrients and phytochemicals: Mango is rich in a variety of phytochemicals and
nutrients. The fruit pulp is high in prebiotic dietary fibre, vitamin C,
polyphenols and provitamin A carotenoids.

“Mango
contains essential vitamins and dietary minerals. The antioxidant vitamins A, C
and E comprise 25 per cent, 76 per cent and 9 per cent of the Dietary Reference
Intake in a 165 grams (5.8oz) serving. Vitamin B6 (pyridoxine, 11 per cent
DRI), vitamin K (9 per cent DRI), other B vitamins and essential nutrients such
as potassium, copper and 17 amino acids are at good levels.

“Mango
peel and pulp contain other phytonutrients, such as the pigment antioxidants –
carotenoids and polyphenols – and omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids.”

Mango
peel also contains pigments that may have antioxidant properties.

Enjoy
this lush tropical fruit, which is now in season and found throughout the
Cayman Islands and the Caribbean, and worry not about how mangoes might affect
your weight. Simply slice one open and indulge.

You
may want to look at other factors and contact Lifestyles for help and more
information.

Sincere
thanks to folks with mango trees ripe with fruit who are sharing the bounty of
their mango harvest with others. 

Donna
Mitchell is lifestyle consultant specialising in weight management and
self-help. She can be contacted on [email protected]

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