Mangoes are many people’s favorite fruit. Native to South Asia, this drupe fruit varies in color (yellow, orange, red, or green), shape, size, and even flavor.
Mangoes only grow in warmer climates, and there are hundreds of different mango cultivars – the most common one is called “Tommy Atkins;” it dominates the market because of its productivity, resistance, size, color, transportability, and shelf life.
Its sweet flavor is widely used in cuisine in things like ice creams, fruit bars, pies, chili sauce, smoothies, and… fresh mango juice!
Besides being sweet, refreshing, and healthy, this beverage is also an excellent way to supply your body with the benefits of the mango fruit. But before discussing the health benefits of mangoes and mango juice, let’s check the nutritional value of the fruit:
Nutritional value per 3.5 oz (100g):
-Fat: 0.38 g
-Protein: 0.82 g
-Carbohydrates: 15 g (13.7 g of sugars and 1.6 g of dietary fiber)
-Vitamin C: 44% of the Reference Daily Intake (RDI)
-Folate: 11% of the RDI
-Vitamin B6: 9% of the RDI
-Vitamin A: 7% of the RDI
Vitamin E: 6% of the RDI
-Vitamin B5: 4% of the RDI
-Vitamin K: 4% of the RDI
-Niacin: 4% of the RDI
-Potassium: 4% of the RDI
-Riboflavin: 3% of the RDI
-Manganese: 3% of the RDI
-Thiamine: 2% of the RDI
-Magnesium: 3% of the RDI
As you can see, mangoes are a great source of vitamin C and are very low on calories. Like most fruits, it also contains a considerable amount of sugars (fructose), so you should be careful and moderate your consumption.
Although fructose is much healthier than processed sugars, it is a type of sugar nonetheless and can be prejudicial to your health if it is overconsumed in liquid form – fruit juices.
With that being said, here are the 8 reasons why you should be drinking mango juice every now and then. (Please bear in mind that most of these health claims still need a lot more research and experiments before they can be said to be scientifically proven).