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Diabetes, high cholesterol or blood pressure- the King of fruits comes to the rescue!

Society / Opinion


Go Man, Mango!


Look up and you will see the signs all around you. Flowers blooming on the trees, birds singing their song and the king of fruits declaring that he will arrive in all grandeur in the next couple of months.

So here’s a factsheet on mango that you must be aware of before the season begins, so that you relish the fruit in its full glory and be well-equipped to fight the propaganda of doctors, dieticians and trainers that the Mango is fattening, high on sugar, etc.

Mango for diabetes?

 YES! Diabetics are asked to eat foods that are low on the glycemic index. Glycemic index is a measure of how quickly your blood sugar rises in response to the food you have consumed. Now mango has a low GI, just like apple and berries. So why is apple ‘allowed’ and mango is not? I am guessing mango is tas­tier. The American Diabetic Association recommends mango for diabetics, our doctors who love flaunting their foreign degrees ensure that you stay away from the fruit a small farmer sells and instead go for biscuits that huge corporations sell. Tch tch.

Mango for high cholesterol? 

Yes, the pectin, that soluble fibre, is so great for lowering cholesterol levels and so much yummier than the oats you eat. I mean why tolerate the poor taste of oats for fibre when a yummier mango is at hand?

Mango for blood pressure? 

Yes! They are an amazing source of polyphenols, the same reason why you drink copious amounts of green tea, however bland or yucky it tastes. So these polyphenols protect the heart against damage, and you want that if you have blood pressure issues.

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While "Flavor" is very subjective, and each country that grows mangoes is very nationalistic, these are the mango varieties that are the most sought after around the world because of sweetnesss (Brix) and demand.

The Chaunsa has a Brix rating in the 22 degree level which is unheard of!
Carabao claims to be the sweetest mango in the world and was able to register this in the Guiness book of world records.
Perhaps it is time for a GLOBAL taste test ???

In alphabetical order by Country....



Alphonso (mango)
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Alphonso (हापुस Haapoos in Marathi, હાફુસ in Gujarati, ಆಪೂಸ್ Aapoos in Kannada) is a mango cultivar that is considered by many[who?] to be one of the best in terms of sweetness, richness and flavor. 

It has considerable shelf life of a week after it is ripe making it exportable. 

It is also one of the most expensive kinds of mango and is grown mainly in Kokan region of western India.

 It is in season April through May and the fruit wei…

Mangoes date back 65 million years according to research ...

Experts at the Birbal Sahni Institute of Palaeobotany (BSIP) here have traced the origin of mango to the hills of Meghalaya, India from a 65 million year-old fossil of a mango leaf. 

The earlier fossil records of mango (Mangifera indica) from the Northeast and elsewhere were 25 to 30 million years old. The 'carbonized leaf fossil' from Damalgiri area of Meghalaya hills, believed to be a mango tree from the peninsular India, was found by Dr R. C. Mehrotra, senior scientist, BSIP and his colleagues. 

After careful analysis of the fossil of the mango leaf and leaves of modern plants, the BISP scientist found many of the fossil leaf characters to be similar to mangifera.

An extensive study of the anatomy and morphology of several modern-day species of the genus mangifera with the fossil samples had reinforced the concept that its centre of origin is Northeast India, from where it spread into neighbouring areas, says Dr. Mehrotra. 

The genus is believed to have disseminated into neighb…

DHL (INDIA) makes gifting mangoes as easy as 1-2-3-....

Gifting mangoes is now easy with DHL
Announcement / Corporate

 May 19, 2011, 14:04 IST

Come this summer pamper your loved ones abroad with a box of delicious mangoes through DHL’s Express Easy Mango service, a unique one-stop-shop and hassle-free service for gifting mangoes all across the world.

This unique service by DHL Express, the world’s leading express company, allows customers to send mangoes from India across the world to the following countries Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Hong Kong, Italy, Luxemburg, Maldives, Netherlands, Norway, Oman, Qatar Singapore, Switzerland and Sweden.

Mangoes can be availed of free of cost by merely paying for the Air Express service. In addition, DHL Express assists customers with the necessary paperwork along with procurement of quality-grade Alphonso mangoes.

Commenting on the new service, Mr. R.S Subramanian, Country Head, DHL Express India said: “With the advent of the mango season, it is no wonder that DHL Express Ea…