by Valeria Ghitti
CHOOSE IT SO
Of Indian origin, mango can be found on sale all year round. "When buying it, make sure it is ripe if you want to consume it right away, because otherwise it has a very sour and bitter taste », warns Lorenzo Bazzana, manager of Fruit and Vegetables at Coldiretti.
«If it gets bruised when pressed between your fingers, it is ready to be consumed, otherwise it is better to put it aside for a few more days until it is ready ».
«This fruit is ideal after a meal because contains many digestive enzymes and microelements that have the ability to activate the metabolism»Explains Dr. Anna D'Eugenio, nutritionist doctor. You can consume it as it is or add it as an ingredient in your recipes (it is also excellent in salads).
“It is however to avoid if you suffer from gastritis and acid reflux»Remembers the doctor. Mango is very useful as snacks in moments of weakness and after sports, thanks to the good content of sugars and mineral salts precious such as potassium, calcium, magnesium and sulfur, which replenish those lost in the effort.
«The mango is distinguished by a notable contribution of Vitamin A (in the form of retinoids) and Vitamin C, both with antioxidant power, which make it particularly suitable for protecting and strengthen the skin and eyesight», Emphasizes the nutritionist.
In fact, while A is known to be the vitamin of night vision, and to promote cellular repair of the epithelia (skin and mucous membranes), C participates in the synthesis of collagen, responsible for the tone and firmness of the skin.
"Finally, thanks to the good percentage of water and the almost total absence of sodium, has a diuretic action, important if you are on a diet and in case of kidney problems », concludes D'Eugenio.
TWO VARIETIES TO TRY
Oval, large, with dark green skin tinged with red, has a sweet and intense flavor and creamy pulp. Ideal like snack.
Stretched, from the red skin with green and orange shades, it is sweet but delicate and has more fibrous pulp. Try it in salads or grilled.
One hectogram of mango provides 82,8 g of water, 12,6 g of sugars, 250 mg of potassium, 28 mg of vitamin C, 533 micrograms of vitamin A (retinol equivalent) e 53 calories.