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10 interesting facts about mangoes

One outstanding trait about mangoes is that they are the most consumed fruits globally.

On the other hand, another  common characteristic the fruits are known for by many people is the fact that they are succulent, sweet and delicious.

Mango comes from the genus ‘mangnifera’. The fruit is characterized by a sizable seed placed centrally and surrounded by an organic shell.

Olives, cherries, plums, coconuts, peaches as well as dates belong to a similar family as mangoes and are also referred to as the stone fruits.

Their origin dates back from South Asia with another earlier destination understood to have been the USA where they arrived around 1880.

These are the 10 facts about mangoes that you probably were not aware of. 

  1. The most eaten fruit

Many people are of the opinion that bananas and apples are even more popular.

However, that does not seem to be true as it has been established that the ratio of mangoes consumption around the world over apples and bananas is ten to one and three to one in that order.

  1. King of the fruits

The large consumption of mangoes coupled with the staples status they have acquired in Latin America, China and South Asia has earned the fruits the nickname “the king of the fruits”.

  1. The rough side of mangoes

All along, we have sung tons of praises for the fruit but let us now look at one of the not so impressive side of the fruit.

It is said the skin of the mango can cause allergic reactions.

Usually, it contains a compound known as urushiol that can lead to an itchy rash that is common in poison ivy thus it is advisable to remove the skin prior to eating the fruit.

  1. Interesting origin

Mongol leader, Akbar the Great of India is said to have grown the first orchard globally.

His orchard had over 100, 000 mango trees and it is from there that the fruit found its way to the rest of the world.

The numerous visitors received by his Mongolian kingdom are linked with spreading the seeds to countries like Kenya, Europe Far-east and other parts of the world.

  1. Health benefits

The health advantages linked with the fruit are so many that you would probably lose count if you looked into each and every one of them.

Basically they are low in calories and other nutritional elements they contain include proteins, curbs, Vitamins, Folate, Magnesium, fat, dietary fibre, proteins and copper just to name a few.

These essential nutrients are responsible for the numerous health nutritional values that come with the consumption of mangoes.

They include:

Improving heart and eye health, lowering cholesterol levels, enhancing digestive health, keeping the hair and skin healthy, lowering certain types of cancers and boosting immunity.

  1. Varieties

Mango varieties are so many that they are approximated to be over 2,000.

The varieties range from Kent, Alphonso, Haden, Irwin, Carabao, Atauflo, Edward, Francis, Keitt, Julie and Kensington just to name a few.

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Apple, Kent, Ngowe and Keitt are the most farmed varieties in Kenya.

  1. Largest producers

India, China and Thailand are the largest producers of mangoes.

In Africa Nigeria is the leading country with about 800, 000 tons yearly which is about 3% of all mangoes produced in the world.

It is estimated that India produces over 16 million tons, China 4.3 million tons and Thailand 2.5 million tons on an annual basis which accounts for 42.2%, 11.2% and 6.2% in that order of the world’s total production.

The list of the world’s largest producers of the fruits in descending order is as follows:

  • India
  • China
  • Thailand
  • Pakistan
  • Mexico
  • Indonesia
  • Brazil
  • Bangladesh
  • Nigeria
  • Philippine
  1. You can gain weight from eating mangoes

I know we listed weight loss as one health benefit you can attain from consuming mangoes but do not get it wrong, they can still be the reason you are adding weight.

Here is the point; mangoes only help in weight loss if consumed in specified amounts.

You see, excess consumption of any other food or fruit will only lead to you adding more weight.

It is advisable not to follow-up huge meals with the fruit.

A good example of ways you can gain maximally from consuming mangoes is eating them as snacks in the evening or even half an hour before conducting exercises.

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  1. Gesture of friendship

Lastly, it is said that mangoes are so valued back in India that by giving someone a basket filled with the fruits is considered as a gesture of friendship.

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