The limited study that has been done on mangoes is showing some real cancer-fighting promise.
Thousands of years ago, Buddhist missionaries spread out across Asia, and while planting their ideology into new soils, they sweetened the message by introducing the seed of one of their favorite fruits, the exquisite juicy mango. Today, the mango is one of the world's most popular fruit, and if you have ever enjoyed one plump as a laughing Buddha, you know why. Mangoes are grown in Asia, South and Central America, Florida, California, and the Caribbean.
The Healing Powers and Health Benefits of Mango Juice
Protects Against Arteriosclerosis
Mango Juice Nutrition
Rich in vitamin C, potassium, niacin and vitamin A (beta carotene). A good source of fiber when eaten.
Mango Juice is an excellent source of:
- Vitamin C
- Vitamin A (beta-carotene)
- Gallic Acid
Mango Juice is a good source of:
Phytochemicals & Antioxidants in Mango Juice
The limited study that has been done on mangoes is showing some real cancer-fighting promise. They are a good source of beta-carotene and cancer-protective quercetin. There is also an interesting class of phenolic acids that is unique to tropical fruits called gallic acid. A study done in New Zealand tried to determine why cancer rates were lower in the native Maori people compared to New Zealanders of European descent. Of the 25 foods the Maori ate in greater quantities, six showed strong anti-cancer effects. They included watercress, papaya, taro leaves, green banana and mango, all of which contained carotenoids and flavonoids.
Preparing for Juicing
Remove pit and skin before juicing. Slicing a mango is a bit of a trick. Starting at the top, cut down, curving the knife along the flat part of the pit on both sides. This will remove the majority of flesh. You can slice strips of flesh and the skin should easily pull away from the fillet. Unless fasting, the remainder can be eaten from the pit.
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Mango Juice Tips
Overripe mangoes are great for smoothies or purees, but will not juice very well. Mangoes are best to juice when just starting to give slightly to the touch -- not too soft, not too hard, but just right. Too hard and the juice will not be sweet, too soft and you will have a puree. It can be a trick, but with some practice, you too will impress friends and family with perfect mango juice.
Picking Perfect Produce
Honestly, I find it hard to pick a good mango. The rule of thumb is unblemished yellow to yellow-red fruit, but I have found that dark green mangoes can ripen into a sweet delicious fruit while still remaining as green as grass. The best way to tell if a mango is ripe is by smell, but here in Canada and the northern US, it’s rare to find ripe mangoes on the self. So you take them home hard and green, let them soften up for a few days and hope for the best. If you do find mangoes that are slightly soft to the touch but are absent of any sweet scent, forget it. I have been able to find a small family-owned grocer that consistently puts out better produce than the large chain stores. They may charge a few pennies more, but it’s well worth it, since more of the fruit actually gets eaten.
Storing Your Produce
As with all tropical fruits, mangoes do not store well in the refrigerator and are best left at room temperature. Will store for two to three days on the counter, or longer if picked when hard.
Mango mixed with cantaloupe or pineapple juice is divine. Goes best with any other tropical fruits. If you’re making a smoothie, mango, pineapple and banana is a marriage made in heaven.
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