MANGOES -- IRRESISTIBLE , TO EAT OR NOT TO EAT?
Mangoes are at the season , many varieties. When the season starts, it becomes irresistible , to take. If you buy from the fruit shop immediately after the start of season, they sell the "ripe colored mangoes" but will not taste better. You know the reason , that how they are ripened artificially. Such mangoes , do cause all griping, diarrhea, discomfort , and occasional nausea. Why in hurry, wait upto late May or early June, to get the best stuff. Old grandma use to say that when you take mangoes, take milk as an antidote. It is not a joke. It is real scientifically. Mangoes are rich in di sacharides, ( fructose) , little of glucose, fibers, pectin, antioxidants ( color pigment) keratin, and many polyphenols which gives the good smell of mangoes, in different variety , which helps us to identify the family of mangoes. The rich polyphenols are present in Rasberry , ( salem pether ), which are rich in antioxidants.
DIABETICS AND MANGOES
A question comes, when there is a diabetic in the family, how can they avoid this delicious fruit ? Answer is even diabetic can take this fruit. Di sacharides, show low GLYCEMIC INDEX. This is an index to assess how a sugar molecule is immediately absorbed in the system to raise the blood sugar. Since fructose has to be digested to Mono variety viz glucose it takes some time to absorb, hence this benefit to the diabetic. You may go upto a moderate sized fruit , or you may take around 100 gms of fruit per day along with a meal. If possible along with 100 ml of milk. The old grandma sayings are true, since all the fatty particles, go round the disccharide molecule in the mangoes, gives a protective cover hence absorption of this prevented from absorption or irritate the bowel since it is called fructose is little CORROSIVE in nature. The fibers of the mangoes if goes beyond the limit, it may tear your soft velvety brush border of the intestine, may cause gripping. In order to avoid it it should be consumed with normal milk, equal quantity. You should avoid the skin even though it is rich in pectin, as most of the cellulose materials are not digested in human being, hence give to the cattle, which do have the enzyme cellulase. The varieties of mangoes also have a say. For example, mangoes like Alphonsa, Kalapadi,Imampasanth ( which is starchy) are with less fibers, less of fructose. The varieties like Kilimooku, Malkova ( rich in fibers), and high in their acid contents, Rasberry, ( high in polyphenols), may cause intestinal intolerance, and more will with irritable bowel syndrome patients. Artificially, ripened fruits are dangerous to the nervous system, as carbide radicles are neuro toxic, and cause blurring of vision also. They irritate the intestinal nerve endings , toxic to liver, causing liver focal necrosis. When diabetic takes mangoes, sacrifice a portion of rice , for it, and allow dischharides to compensate it.
Enjoy the mango season with right way, right fruit, right time , with right companion of food !!!!
PROF DR V NAGARAAJAN