Mango Season In Thailand; The King Of Fruits; Delicious And Healthy
When is the best season for Mango and Sticky Rice?
Just about the most quintessential Thai dessert is Mango and Sticky Rice. Sold throughout Thailand. When it’s mango season, this is the best time to buy them, as they are ripe, juicy and taste delicious. Mango season is April through June and that’s when you’ll find the juiciest, sweetest mangoes. All over Thailand, in restaurants, supermarkets, and street stalls. You can buy a large container of sliced mango with sticky rice. And a bag of coconut milk to pour over the lot. Seriously, the most delicious thing you’ve ever eaten. For those of us who will pay more money and don’t mind eating the artificially ripened kind. You can still eat mango and sticky rice in Thailand even when it’s out of season – just more expensively.
How to incorporate mangoes into your meal?
Luckily, the fruit is easy to incorporate into any meal, sweet or savory. For example, you can top your avocado toast with sliced mango, or add it to Greek yogurt or overnight oats. Whip mango into a smoothie; add it to salsa, slaw, tacos, tuna or chicken salad, and garden salads. Serve mango overcooked fish, or mix it into whole grains, like quinoa or wild rice. Mango also makes a delicious and colorful addition to desserts and treats, including chia pudding, coconut milk ice cream, even mango margaritas!
Luscious and sweet, biting into the tropical fruit can feel like pure bliss, so much so that you may wonder if something so delicious and decadent can actually be good for you. The answer is a resounding “yes.” Although they’re high in sugar (one cup contains about 25 grams of carb and 100 calories), mangoes offer some pretty impressive perks. Here are five benefits of mango, along with some simple ways to enjoy the juicy gem.
Health and Nutrition benefits of eating mangoes
Mangoes may protect against cancer
The fruit packs over a dozen types of polyphenols. These plant compounds have antioxidant activity that shields cells from the DNA damage that can lead to degenerative diseases, including type 2 diabetes and cancer.
They can boost the immune system
One cup of mango provides about a quarter of the daily target for vitamin A, a nutrient that’s essential for the proper functioning of the immune system (including the production and activity of white blood cells).
Mangoes improve skin and hair health
The vitamin A in mangos is also key for the development and maintenance of multiple types of epithelial tissues, including skin, hair, and sebaceous glands. The latter, which are attached to hair follicles, help keep hair moisturized and healthy. (In animal research, a Vitamin A deficiency has been tied to hair loss.) One cup of mango also supplies about 75% of the daily minimum vitamin C intake. This nutrient is needed to produce collagen, a type of tissue that gives skin its elasticity and helps prevent wrinkles and sagging.
They may ease constipation
In a study on people with chronic constipation. Eating mango was found to be more helpful than taking an equivalent amount of isolated fiber. It’s important to note though that mangos are a high-FODMAP food, so they may trigger gas and bloat in some, particularly those with irritable bowel syndrome.
Improve blood sugar regulation
It seems unlikely that such sweet food would improve blood sugar. However, that was the conclusion of a pilot study at Oklahoma State University. For 12 weeks, 20 obese men and women ate 10 grams of ground, freeze-dried mango pulp (equivalent to about half a fresh mango) every day. At the end of the study, the participants had lower blood glucose levels than when they began the experiment. Researchers suspect bioactive components in the fruit, including antioxidants, may be at work.
Mangoes can support eye health
The antioxidants lutein and zeaxanthin found in mangos help your eyes in several ways. The two natural compounds which protect the retina and lens, have been shown to increase visual range, lessen discomfort from glare, enhance visual contrast, and reduce the time it takes the eyes to recover from the stress of bright lights. The duo also protects eyes from harmful ultraviolet rays and fight or slow the progression of cataracts and macular degeneration.