Authentic Food of the Day: Mangoes!

It doesn’t get any better than biting into a big juicy mango. These fruits have been around for more than 4,000 years and originated in Southeast Asia. Legend has it that Buddha found tranquility in a grove full of mangoes. In India, the mango tree plays a sacred role as the symbol of love. Some people even believe that the mango tree can grant wishes! Mangoes are a good source of vitamin A, beta carotene, vitamin C, vitamin K. They also have a lot of potassium, calcium, phosphorous, and magnesium. Mangoes are a good source of fiber which is important for helping maintain a health digestive system. This fruit is believed to be rich in enzymes which make them great for using as a tenderizing agent in meat marinades.

DID YOU KNOW:

– The Environmental Working Group put mangoes on the list as one of the least contaminated foods with pesticides.

– According to natural foods expert Rebecca Wood, mangoes contain urushinol, a toxic resin that can cause contact dermatitis. The peel and juice seem to be the problem rather than the flesh. It’s possible (but not very common) that eating mangoes in excess could cause itching or skin eruptions.