Mango is known as the national fruit of the Philippines. It is grown by around two and a half million smallholder farmers on over 7 million mango trees. Mango is also a high value crop and provides a huge boost to the rural and national economy of the country.
Mango is a low-calorie fruit that is high in fiber. It is also packed with nutrients particularly vitamin C, which we all know aids in immunity. Specifically, one cup (165 grams) of sliced mango gives you 67% of the reference daily intake of vitamin C. Aside from vitamin C, mangoes provide a lot more nutrients such as 11.6% of vitamin B6, 10% of vitamin A, 6% of potassium, and 9.7% of vitamin E among others.
Mango also aids in digestion. This is the result of a pilot study in 2018 where people with chronic constipation were given mango over a 4-week period. At the end of the study, the subjects saw a significant improvement in their constipation symptoms. This is because mango has digestive enzymes, water, dietary fiber and other compounds that aid different aspects of digestive health.
Filipinos are so fortunate to have quick and easy access to this fruit. It can be found all year round in grocery stores, supermarkets, and even in the small fruit stalls along the streets. Don’t forget to eat 2 or more slices of mango to feel the health benefits of our national fruit.
NO I Cielo Katrina M. Mabalot
1. “Mangoes in the Philippines” from https://croplife.org/news-views/sharing-the-story/mangoes-from-the-philippines/
2. “Mango: Nutrition, Health Benefits and How to Eat It” from https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/mango
3. “The health benefits of mango” from https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/health-benefits-mango