Mango

Mango

Nutritional qualities and health benefits

  • Good level of vitamin C and excellent levels of vitamin A as beta carotene, more than any other commercial fruit. The carotenoids give to the pulp their particular yellow color.
  • It is also rich in vitamin B and E, which helps care for the skin and the nervous system.
  • Rich in acids: malic, palmitic, myristic p-coumaric and is a good antioxidant, able to neutralize free radicals and give the body a defensive power against the degradation of the cells.
  • Mangos have a very effective anticancer function granted by both these vitamins as its rich in flavonoids, among which stands quercetin and kaempferol.
  • Contains enough tryptophan, an amino acid with soothing properties, which produces serotonin, the hormone of happiness. It helps you feel better, not having negaticos thoughts, depression, etc..
  • For their proteolytic enzymes contained in it is very good to digest proteins.


Origin and cultivation


The mango is native to southern Asia. From there it spread to East Asia probably by Buddhist monks. The Persians took him to North Africa. Mangos arrived in Europe when the British conquered India in 1800. India is the largest producer of mangoes in the world.

Common names

The scientific name of the plant is Mangifera Indica. In Spanish has the same name.

Curiosities


  • It is the fruit that has more commercial varieties, more than 1000. For this is called the king of fruits.
  • The tree can reach 30 feet tall and the branches can reach the same length, so it is highly appreciated by the shade it gives.
  • The tree gives an annual crop of 300 fruits but the record took him a specimen with 29,000 fruits.
  • A mango tree has a life expectancy similar to that of humans.
  • Mango pulp can be fibrous or not, still the variety called "mango lint" which contains more fiber.
  • In Cuba and El Salvador to be "mango" is to be a very attractive person.
  • In Cuba and El Salvador to be "mango" is to be a very attractive person.
  • In Mexico City when a person has admirable physical qualities mentioned this "made a mango" or "is a Mangazo".

 

Sources consulted



Lyle, Susanna. Enciclopedia de las frutas del mundo. David Baterman Ltd. (ed. Lit.); Parangona Realitzacio Editorial SL (trad.). Barcelona: De Vecchi, 2007. 480 p. ISBN: 978-84-315-5164-3

Flowerdew, Bob. El gran libro de las frutas. Kyle Cathie Limited (ed. Lit.); Anna Turró/Montse Pratsobrerroca (trad.). Barcelona: RBA Libros, S.A., 2006. 256 p. ISBN: 978-84-787-1595-4

http://es.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mangifera_indica

http://www.botanical-online.com/mangospropiedadesalimentarias.htm

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