Are You Ready for Mango Season?
By Dr. Scott Schreiber
All mangos are highly nutritious. One cup contains about 100 calories, 100% of your daily requirement of vitamin C and 35% of vitamin A. Mangos supply a generous amount of folate, which is beneficial against birth defects. Mangos also contain high amounts of potassium and other trace minerals, like iron, copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium. In total, they contain over twenty vitamins and minerals. They also contain flavonoids like beta-carotene, alpha-carotene, and beta cryptoxanthin, which are all known for their antioxidant capacity and as precursors to vitamin A.
That one cup also gives you 12% of your daily fiber, which is great for digestive health and lowering cholesterol. Research shows that regular consumption of mangos protects against breast, colon and prostate cancer.
What are Champagne Mangos?
Champagne mangos are a type of Ataulfo mango. They are grown in Mexico and also known as young, baby, honey, adaulfo, or adolfo mango. They are smaller than traditional mangos and become yellow when fully ripe. They have gained popularity in the United States since the 1990’s. Some research shows that they have almost five times the vitamin C as their traditional mango counterparts. They have quietly become the number two selling mango in the United States. They are bursting with flavor and easy to eat. Do yourself a favor and give them a try!
Dr. Scott Schreiber has been practicing in Newark, Delaware for over 11 years. He is a chiropractic physician, double board certified in rehabilitation and clinical nutrition, a certified nutrition specialist and a licensed dietitian/nutritionist. He can be contacted via his website www.drscottschreiber.com.