The Hush Post: Mango is the flavour of the summer season. Sitting in your car or traversing around on the streets of your town or city, you come across these yellow or green- hued carts laden with mangoes of different hues and varieties throughout the summers and rains.
With its origin in India and then getting dispersed to the rest of Asia, mangoes do more good than harm and not as bad for diabetics also if you think so . Read on…
Firstly, let us bust the myth that a mango is poison for diabetics. If eaten intelligently and at the right time of the day, it will deliver the benefits it should. Sweet fruits like mangoes can have a lot of sugar. But fruit sugar is different from processed sugar because it’s balanced out by fibre and many other nutrients.
Studies have revealed that mangoes are a great natural remedy for diabetes, if the problem is not very acute.
The Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) has said that eating mangoes every day may control and even lower blood sugar levels , despite their natural sugar content.
A study at the Oklahoma University revealed that mango consumption helps lower insulin resistance and improves glucose tolerance in diabetics.
The American Diabetes Association also recommends mango in its list of fruits that can be eaten by diabetics. It suggests that fruits can be eaten in exchange of other sources of carbohydrates. Reduce on the number of chapattis, rice or any other high carb food in your meal plan or remove foods that have a high glycemic index like maida, pasta, ice cream, cake, a dessert or any other processed food, if you wish to eat a mango to your diet.
Mangoes are high in carbohydrates which means 100 grams of mango will result in 15-20 grams of carbohydrates. For a diabetic, the total carbohydrate intake should be only 100 grams per day. If you are heavily diabetic, avoid. Eating a limited amount of carbohydrates at regular times each day helps diabetics maintain normal blood sugar levels. As with most foods, however, moderation is the key.
The amount of mangoes you consume is also important. A large serving of mango or any other fruit will raise your blood sugar levels more substantially than a small serving. So, eat in moderation in small quantities.
Infact, mango leaves are also helpful in curing diabetes. Leave 10-15 mango leaves in warm water in a closed jar before going to bed. Drink the water on an empty stomach after filtering the leaves.
Right time to eat mangoes: 30 minutes before you workout or do any strenuous activity; or between meals, never before you go to sleep. Mango is an energy food and high in carbohydrates, best eaten in the morning.
When you work out or after heavy physical labour, the body loses potassium. To rejuvenate the lost potassium you have lost, there is nothing better than a mango which contains loads of potassium.
Buying the right mangoes: The aroma is the first sign of a ripe mango. To select a ripe mango, lightly press its surface to check if it is not too hard. By chance, if mangoes turn out not ready to eat, wrap the mangoes in a newspaper, keep them in a warm place, keep checking them, they will be ready within two days.
At room temperature, mangoes may take a week to ripen and get spoilt too.
What good do mangoes do:
- Mangoes have high amounts of pectin, a soluble dietary fibre that efficiently contributes to lower cholesterol levels in the blood. Pectin can also help prevent the development of prostrate cancer.
- It has powerful antioxidants which neutralise free radicals throughout the body which can keep premature aging, cancer, heart diseases at bay
- Mangoes are rich in iron, which makes them beneficial for pregnant women and women suffering from anaemia.
- If you have issues with your low weight, mango consumption is one of the easiest ways to gain weight. 150g of mango has around 86 calories, which can be absorbed easily by the body. Mangoes also contain starch which transforms into sugar and aids in gaining weight. Mango milkshakes will accelerate the process of gaining weight as milk is an added advantage.
- Mangoes have abundant quantities of vitamin B6, improves the brain’s function. A component in mangoes glutamine acid in improves concentration and memory.
- Mangoes promote natural, efficient digestion, prevent excess acidity as they contain digestive enzymes. As papayas, they contain certain enzymes with stomach comforting properties.
- Mangoes treat acne effectively by opening the clogged pores of the skin. Once these pores are opened, acne formation will eventually stop. Home remedy: Remove the pulp and apply the mango’s skin on your skin for around 10 minutes, rinse it off.
- If not for any other reason, its vitamin E content can help boost your sex life as it increases activity of your sex hormones.
- Sweet fruits like mangoes are a great alternative to junk food and unhealthy snacks