Some argue that the most popular fruit in the United States is the apple. Others stand up in defense of the banana.
But worldwide, there’s no comparison.
While apples and bananas, not to mention other American favorites likes oranges and grapes, are scarfed by the tons every year in the states, the most popular fruit around the globe remains the mango. Reports show that people around the world eat three times as many mangoes as they do apples. Compared to bananas, mangoes are gobbled 10-to-1.
So what’s the fuss about mangoes? And how has the trend somewhat eluded the U.S.?
Much of their popularity – or lack thereof – has to do with climate. Mangoes are tropical, native to South Asia and wildly popular in a number of Southern Hemisphere countries. In fact, the mango is the national fruit of India, the Philippines and Pakistan, and it’s a cultural favorite in countless other nations.
Domestically, only South Florida and Hawaii boast a climate sufficient for nurturing mango trees.
Like many fruits – including those used to concoct the juices that make up the Detox Lounge’s 3-Day True Juice Cleanse – mangoes are popular for reasons that number far more than being tasty and abundant. They also provide these and many other health benefits.
- Compounds such as quercetin and astragalin have been found to protect against cancer of the colon, breasts and prostate.
- Boasting high levels of fiber, pectin and Vitamin C, mangoes help lower bad cholesterol.
- Whether eaten or applied topically, mangoes help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.
- Mangoes are chock full of Vitamin A, which promotes better vision and prevents dry eyes.
- Leaves from the mango are often boiled in water and used to treat diabetes.
- Mangoes contain enzymes that help break down protein, which improves digestion.
- Juice from green mangoes mixed with water helps cool down the body to avoid heat stroke.
- Mangoes are rich in Vitamin E, which help fuel a person’s sex drive.