Are dried mangoes good for you?
Dried mangoes, delectable golden jewels from the Ecuadorian tropics, are one of our best selling treasures. They’re really too good to be true, which begs the question: Are dried mangoes good for you?
Dried fruit gets a lot of bad rap, mainly because you’ll find concentrated levels of sugar and higher calories in most types of dried fruit. There’s no denying it, dried fruit have higher quantities of sugar than the fresh fruit from which they’re derived, and that applies to our dried mangoes too.
What is vital to realize, however, is that dried mangoes are composed of natural and unprocessed sugars and they’re part of a complete package. They come with natural fiber, vitamins and minerals that are present in real food.
So when people compare dried fruit to a package of sugar claiming there is no difference. Well, that’s simply not true.
How to eat dried mangoes so they’re actually good for you
I’m going to let you in on a secret: We care about your health.
What? I know. Crazy.
Rather than tell you to ignore the science, buy massive amounts of Inca’s Treasure Dried Mangos and eat them to your heart’s delight, I’m going to tell you the facts.
Dried mangos, like any dried fruit, need to be savored and shouldn’t be consumed in excess. The tricky part is, it’s really hard not to overeat dried mangos. Not only are they delicious (like, ACTUALLY delicious), they’re small and incredibly easy to pop into your mouth.
Their size, though, is one reason you have to be mindful. In the drying process, nearly all the moisture is removed from dried mangoes and they reduce in serving size by 75%. Despite the small serving size, these little guys are nutritionally dense. Some of that nutrition is always welcome in our body, but excess amounts of even natural sugars should be consumed consciously. If you’re trying to regulate blood sugar and insulin levels, be mindful of how much dried fruit you eat.
When you start approaching food consumption more consciously, you’ll find yourself enjoying the associated health benefits, of which there are plenty!
Health benefits of dried mangoes
I’m happy to report that dried mangoes are extremely beneficial to your health. In the following section, we’ll go through some of the significant advantages to eating them Inca's Treasure Dried Mangos.
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If there’s one thing we need more of in life, it’s fiber. Did you know that constipation is a global epidemic? In the United States alone, nearly 27% of adults (that’s more than 63 MILLION people) suffer from chronic constipation.
It’s gotten so bad that the American College of Gastroenterology has a Chronic Constipation Task Force. Do they have a t-shirt, I ask?
It ain’t sexy, but it’s real. It’s actually ironic because everyone loves poop jokes, but when it relates to our health, no one talks about constipation. Well, let’s talk about it - in relation to dried mangos.
According to livestrong.com, ⅓ of a cup of dried mangoes (a regular serving size), contains 2 grams of dietary fiber. Nothing in grams sounds like a lot, but compared to other dried fruit, dried mango is winning at fiber. A similar serving of raisins amounts to only 1.6 grams of dietary fiber.
Rest assured, you can quickly up your daily intake of dietary fiber with some delicious, Ecuadorian dried mangoes.
Antioxidants in dried mangos
Fun fact: One way to determine whether a fruit or vegetable has high levels of antioxidants is by observing how they change in color (usually getting darker), when exposed to oxygen. The more they change in color, the lower their level of antioxidants.
When it comes to antioxidant power, mangos surpass apples, bananas, raisins and even prunes. When dried, they continue to harness free radicals, protecting us against oxidative stress-related diseases, like cancer.
Can dried mangos cure cancer? Nope. Anyone (or blog - of which there are plenty) that claims this should not be trusted.
Cancer is a lifestyle disease, and among the lifestyle changes required are an improved diet, which should veer away from meat, dairy excessive oils, refined sugar, refined grains, and include whole foods that are higher in antioxidants, as well as many other healing substances.
Complementing your diet with a daily dose of dried mangos is a healthy decision, especially if this snack replaces store-bought cookies loaded with refined sugar and flour.
Vitamin A in dried mangos
Vitamin A is important in ensuring we have good vision, skin, immune systems, reproductive health, and that we can regulate our metabolism, calcium and iron. In other words, it’s a vital vitamin and we need to make sure we get enough of it.
When dried, mangos provide impressive levels of Vitamin A, and eating them will alleviate or prevent symptoms that may include skin problems, dry eyes, and hair loss. All of these symptoms are essentially indicators of a weakened immune system.
Why dried mangos may be the best snack ever
Apart from the nutritional benefits described above, dried mangos have a few additional advantages, making them one of the best snacks to take on trips.
Dried mangos have a long shelf life
When stored correctly, dried mangos can last for 6 months in the pantry. The reason is because nearly all the moisture has been extracted from the fruit, and it’s usually the moisture that leads to mold and degradation.
Correct storage relates to whether you’ve opened your package or left it unopened. Unopened packages will last much longer, however, even if you’ve already opened your package of dried mangos, you’ll find that they’ll last for at least 3-6 months, and 1-2 years if refrigerated.
Basically, you don’t have to worry about them going bad. That’s one less thing to worry about in life.
Durable and compact
Since dried mangos contain very little moisture, they’re already quite compact and won’t take up much room. This is ideal when you’re traveling, or on a road trip, and have to store all your possessions into one backpack.
The best part is, you can shove them into your backpack and when you pull them out, they’ll look and taste exactly the same. They’re already pretty squishy looking to begin with, how much more squished can they possible get?!
Did I mention they’re delicious?
Perhaps the most important reason dried mangos are an excellent snack is because they’re delicious. I feel like that’s part of what defines a snack; it needs to be tasty!
For hiking trips, this is the ingredient you should add to your DIY trail mix, but be warned, once people discover you have dried mangos in your mix, it won’t last very long.
Alternatively, if you’re making a fresh salad and want to dazzle your guests, sprinkle a handful of dried mangos into the mix and you’ll catch people picking through the kale to get to that golden pebble at the bottom of the salad bowl. Who can blame them?
So, what’s your conclusion? Are dried mangos too good to be true? Quite possibly, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy them. Just remember, as with most earthly delights: everything in moderation.