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

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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…

INDIA 2016 : Mango production in state likely to take a hit this year

TNN | May 22, 2016, 12.32 PM IST

Mangaluru: Vagaries of nature is expected to take a toll on the production of King of Fruits - Mango - in Karnataka this year. A combination of failure of pre-monsoon showers at the flowering and growth stage and spike in temperature in mango growing belt of the state is expected to limit the total production of mango to an estimated 12 lakh tonnes in the current season as against 14 lakh tonnes in the last calendar year.

However, the good news for fruit lovers is that this could see price of mangoes across varieties decrease marginally by 2-3%. This is mainly on account of 'import' of the fruit from other mango-growing states in India, said M Kamalakshi Rajanna, chairperson, Karnataka State Mango Development and Marketing Corporation Ltd.

Karnataka is the third largest mango-growing state in India after Uttar Pradesh and Maharashtra.

Inaugurating a two-day Vasanthotsava organized by Shivarama Karantha Pilikula Nisargadhama and the Corporation at P…

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…