Come summer and you have fruit vendors shouting "tayyar aam" from their stalls. There are mango-flavoured things everywhere, from smoothies to frappes, ice creams to aam ras. The king of fruits is here to make our summer a bit happier. But if you're looking to lose weight and get fit, then it has been said that this golden yellow fruit is not for you. So, are mangoes really a big no for those wanting to maintain their waistlines? The answer is no, with a bit of yes.
Let's start with the good bit. Lately, many top food experts have been saying that there no reason to avoid mangoes. Celebrity nutritionist Luke Coutinho says that the mango is an extremely healthy fruit and is ideal for even diabetics.
"Mango is one of the richest sources of Vitamin C, A, E, K and most B vitamins (except B12). It's got traces of omega 3 and omega 6 fatty acids and is loaded with minerals and fibre. Hence there is no point in fearing mangoes," he writes in his blog.
He further adds that mango is extremely rich in vitamin C and this gives an immunity boost to the body before the monsoons, so summers are the right time to enjoy this delicious fruit to the fullest.
Rujuta Diwekar, another popular celebrity nutritionist, says on her social media page that you should gorge on a mango rather than eat 'fibre-rich' biscuits to up your fibre intake. She adds that mango contains no fat, so it cannot make one fat. It is inactivity that makes one fat. What about acne, you ask? Well, Diwekar says mango contributes to flawless skin, not acne.
Then why do so many people still believe that mangoes lead to weight gain? Well, eating too much of something never does good to anyone and this rule applies to mangoes as well. Eating 1-2 mangoes a day is good for you, but if you eat too many, or binge on aam ras poori (which is harder to digest) or gobble up several mango shakes or shrikhand, you cannot expect the pounds to stay off.
So eat what nature provides you in the right quantities, at the right time and you will only gain health.
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