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Mango is a tropical fruit that grows mainly in Asia, Africa, and Central America. Its sweet taste is favored by many. Moreover, the fruit is considered important in the Ayurvedic medicinal system due to its many health-benefiting properties. (1)(2)
Health Benefits of Mango
Mango is rich in many polyphenolic compounds that have antioxidant properties. Other parts of the plant are used as an antiseptic, astringent, tonic against heat stroke, laxative, and antidiarrheal and as treatment for anemia, hypertension, toothache, and piles. (2)
Nutritional Content of Raw Mango
One whole raw mango is a rich source of many nutrients such as vitamin A (113 mcg), vitamin B6 (0.250 mg), vitamin B9 (90.3 mcg), vitamin C (76.4 mg; which contributes to 85% of the daily requirement), and vitamin E (1.89 mg). (3)
It is also rich in minerals such as copper (26% of the daily requirement), potassium (8% of the daily requirement), and magnesium (5% of the daily requirement). (3)
It also provides ample fiber (3.4 g or 12% of the daily requirement) and is beneficial for the digestive tract. (3)
Raw Mango Drink
Raw mango, which is widely available in the summer months, is used to make many edible items such as fruit leather, sour candy, pickles, and drinks. It has a cooling effect during the hot weather and is often consumed fresh.
Homemade raw mango drink without added sugar is definitely a better choice than store bought. And you can make one at home this summer!
Simply blend 1 whole raw mango (cubed and boiled to soften) along with 1 tsp of roasted cumin seeds, a few fresh mint leaves, 1 pinch of black salt, and ½ tbsp of jaggery powder. You can strain this drink and directly consume it or dilute it with water.
A few spoons of this can also be added to soda water for an additional kick. You can also add some red chili flakes, cardamom, lemon juice, or asafetida to this drink. Feel free to play around with flavors until you find your favorite combination.
Benefits of a Raw Mango Drink
Drinking a glass of this drink every day can offer many health benefits such as:
- Boosting immunity due to its vitamin C and A content (4)
- Fighting anemia due to its folate and copper content (5)
- Providing electrolytes that are lost due to sweating in the heat such as potassium and magnesium
- Aiding digestive health and preventing constipation due to its fiber content (6)
- Protecting the heart due to its content of antioxidants that bring down inflammation (7)
- Boosting skin health due to its content of vitamin C and antioxidants that prevent premature aging (8)
Most-Asked Questions About Raw Mango Drink
Can I add other fruits to a raw mango drink?
Yes, you can add bananas, pineapple, papaya, or fresh coconut pieces, or coconut water. Their tropical flavors blend well together.
Who should avoid raw mango drinks?
People with chronic digestive illnesses, diarrhea, dysentery, or vomiting should avoid this drink. The fiber content may aggravate the condition.
Consuming raw mango drinks during the summer months is a delicious way to beat the summer heat. They are great alternatives to sodas and commercial drinks, and a homemade version is even better due to its low added sugar content.
Beneficial for overall health, this drink is highly customizable and can be made easily at home.
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