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10 Fun Food Facts about Mangos

Not only are mangos packed with flavor, but they are also loaded with nutrients. A one-cup serving contains just 100 calories, it provides 100% of your daily vitamin C, 35% of your daily vitamin A and 12% of your daily fiber. Mangos are also a great if you want a thick and creamy smoothie (and are surprisingly easy to peel), but are not a banana fan. Aside from being nutritious and an excellent smoothie additive, mangos are also quite a fascinating fruit. These 10 facts prove just that!

Fun Facts about Mangos

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 10 Amazing Facts about Mangos

  1. More fresh mangoes are eaten around the world every day than any other fruit.
  2. They were first grown in India over 5,000 years ago. In fact, the paisley pattern which was first developed there, is based on the shape of a mango.
  3. It is believed that Buddha meditated under the cool shade of a mango tree.
  4. Mango comes in many different shapes, sizes and colors including yellow, orange, red and green.
  5. The vitamin content of mango depends on the variety and maturity of the fruit. When a mango is green and still growing there is a high vitamin C content, as the fruit ripens and matures the amount of vitamin A increases.
  6. Giving someone a basket of mangoes is considered a gesture of friendship.
  7. The mango tree plays a sacred role in India; it’s a symbol of love and some believe that they can even grant wishes.
  8. The oldest living mango tree is 300 years old and is found in East Khandesh. Surprisingly, this tree still produces viable fruit!
  9. Mangos are related to cashews and pistachios. Can you see the resemblance?
  10. Mango leaves are often used at weddings to ensure the couple bear plenty of children.

Smoothie Recipes with Mangos

Green Mango Zest

This invigorating smoothie comes with a dose of tropical flair thanks to a mango (vitamin C, fiber, beta-carotene) and banana (fiber, potassium, magnesium). Flaxseed and collard greens bring Omega-3s, protein, and vitamin K, and honeydew gives this smoothie a naturally creamy, hydrating base. Top everything off with a pop of citrus from lime (which also has fiber), and you have a sweet, low calorie treat that’s delicious any time of day!

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Mango Tango

Both mangos and cherry tomatoes are full of vitamins C and A, essential vitamins for collagen production and a bright, smooth complexion. In addition to having Omega-3 fatty acids (which can help reduce skin irritation), flaxseed also contains lignans, which are “fiber-related polyphenols” (antioxidants) that have been shown in studies to help fight against cancer. Top this bright smoothie off with healthy fat, fiber and protein from almonds, potassium from a banana, and iron from swiss chard, and you have an energizing snack that will get you glowing!

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Sweet Potato Mango

Avocado and coconut cream give this smoothie a thick and creamy consistency, as well as an ample amount of Omega-3s and fiber. Mango, orange and lime provide tons of vitamin C, while sweet potato contains an unusually high amount of vitamin A (which, along with vitamin C, is amazing for your skin). Sweet potatoes also contain complex carbs and are low on the glycemic index, which means this smoothie is a great energizer, but won’t spike your blood sugar.

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Aloe Gloe Mango

While you may have heard about using aloe vera to ease the pain of a sunburn, this healing plant is actually incredibly beneficial to your skin when consumed. With more than 200 amino acids, vitamins, antioxidants, enzymes and minerals, aloe is one of the best ways to get smooth, glowing skin, and Aloe Gloe, a California-based company that creates organic, sustainably harvested aloe, works incredibly hard to make sure their drinks retain the bioactive components of the delicate aloe leaf. Combine Aloe Gloe with skin-brightening mango, squash, ginger and spinach, and you have the perfect smoothie for a fresh, bright complexion!

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Creamy Mango Morning

Full of vitamins A and C, mango is one of the best fruits you can eat for healthy, bright skin. Spinach is also high in vitamins A and C, along with fiber, magnesium and iron. In addition to being a healthy, taste-neutral filler for smoothies, zucchini is also rich in vitamin A, omega-3 fatty acids, and zinc. Cashews round out this low calorie, low sugar smoothie with healthy fats and protein, making it the perfect way to wake up -- or chase those winter doldrums away!

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Mango Mulberry Persimmon

Believed to be native to China, mulberries are mildly sweet and contain a high amount of vitamin C, fiber and potassium per serving. They’re also one of the only fruits that contain iron. Mangoes and persimmons are also high in fiber and vitamin C, as well as beta-carotene. Add some coconut flakes for a creamy consistency and healthy fats, and spinach for more iron and vitamin K, and you’ve got a sweet treat that will energize you and keep your skin looking like a million bucks!

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Tomato Mango Lime

If you’ve let your diet slide a little during summer vacation, this vegetable heavy (but still sweet) smoothie should get you on track! Grape tomatoes contain lycopene, a potent phytochemical that has been studied for its cancer-fighting abilities. There’s also a burst of vitamin C from the tomatoes, lime, and mango, and hydration and magnesium from the cucumber. Top off this low-sugar, low-calorie drink with flaxseed, which has a healthy dose of protein, fiber and essential fatty acids, and you have the perfect start to any kind of busy day.

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Creamy Carrot Mango

This vibrant orange smoothie will have you feeling bright and bushy-tailed! Crunchy carrot and creamy mango both contain high levels of antioxidants in the form of vitamins A and C. Both boost the immune system and are -- yes, the old carrot cliche! -- good for the eyes. Tart kiwi sneaks in even more vitamin C, and cashews and flaxseed provide healthy oils and fats to reduce inflammation and keep your brain as healthy as your body. This is the perfect meal replacement for a busy morning -- you may not even need that extra cup of coffee!

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Blackberry Mango Maqui

This fresh, fruity concoction is a pretty purple refresher! Blackberries and mangos may come from two totally different places, but they’re both full of antioxidants and natural sweetness. Blackberries have a high tannin content, which helps ease intestinal issues, and mangos have probiotic benefits. Like maqui berries, both blackberries and mangos are rich in vitamin C, which has actually been shown in a few different studies to help with weight loss and exercise-induced fat burning. The healthy fatty acids from cashews also help your body convert calories into energy, and the high fiber content in blackberries, pear and mango will help keep you satisfied for hours.

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