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Amazing Tips on how to peel Mango Perfectly well, 10 Benefits of Mango



Mangoes are rapidly becoming the super food of choice.

Delicious, good for you and a real taste of summer on your plate.

But the main problem with this lovely fruits is how best to peel and cut them.

Mangoes, which are the national fruits of India, Pakistan and the Philippines, are known as the king of fruits.

They are now one of the most widely cultivated fruits from the tropics and as well as being delicious eaten raw are used in a huge range of sauces, dips and smoothies.

Just push the mango down inside the glass

And you’ll get a perfect peel each time

But with their tough skin and huge stone in the centre, actually getting to that delicious flesh can be incredibly tricky.


But now, Australian MasterChef contestant Rachael Finch has come up with the perfect solution – and it doesn’t even involve a knife.

The 29-year-old former model has shared her tips on Instagram and it really couldn’t be easier.

Rachael explains: “I learned this when I did MasterChef in 2009. I lived near a cute little French cafe and walked in one day to ask if they could help me prepare for the show.

A mango

“I was so lucky to get hands on experience inside the kitchen and learned so many amazing tricks for the kitchen and cooking.”

Basically, after you’ve sliced your mango, but haven’t yet removed the skin, just slide your mango inside the outer rim of the wine glass and push down.

Rachael said: “This way I have found to be the best because if you get it right on the edge, you’re not wasting any mango.”So next time you fancy having a slice of delicious mango, just follow her simple tip.

10 Health Benefits of Mangos

Mangos taste so good that people forget they are also healthy!  Discover how the “king of fruits” can help you, plus why monkeys eat mango seeds and a few mango cautions and concerns.

1.  Prevents Cancer: Research has shown antioxidant compounds in mango fruit have been found to protect against colon, breast, leukemia and prostate cancers. These compounds include quercetin, isoquercitrin, astragalin, fisetin, gallic acid and methylgallat, as well as the abundant enzymes.

2.  Lowers Cholesterol: The high levels of fiber, pectin and vitamin C help to lower serum cholesterol levels, specifically Low-Density Lipoprotein (the bad stuff).

3.  Clears the Skin: Can be used both internally and externally for the skin. Mangos help clear clogged pores and eliminate pimples.

4.  Improves Eye Health: One cup of sliced mangoes supplies 25 percent of the needed daily value of vitamin A, which promotes good eyesight and prevents night blindness and dry eyes.

5.  Alkalizes the Whole Body: The tartaric acid, malic acid, and a trace of citric acid found in the fruit help to maintain the alkali reserve of the body.

Mango fruit and mango cubes on the wooden table.
6. May Help with Diabetes:  Mango leaves help normalize insulin levels in the blood. The traditional home remedyinvolves boiling leaves in water, soaking through the night and then consuming the filtered decoction in the morning. Mango fruit also has a relatively low glycemic index (41-60) so moderate quantities will not spike your sugar levels.

7. Promotes Healthy Sex: Mangos are a great source of vitamin E. Even though the popular connection between sex drive and vitamin E was originally created by a mistaken generalization on rat studies, further research has shown balanced proper amounts (from whole foods) does help.

8. Improves Digestion:  Papayas are not the only fruit that contain enzymes for breaking down protein. There are several fruits, including mangoes, which have this healthful quality. The fiber in mangos also helps digestion and elimination.

9. Helps Fight Heat Stroke: Juicing the fruit from green mango and mixing with water and a sweetener helps to cool down the body and prevent harm from overheating. From an ayurvedic viewpoint, the reason people often get diuretic and exhausted when visiting equatorial climates is because the strong “sun energy” is burning up your body, particularly the muscles. The kidneys then become overloaded with the toxins from this process.

10. Boosts the Immune System: The generous amounts of vitamin C and vitamin A in mangos, plus 25 different kinds of carotenoids keep your immune system healthy and strong.


Nutrition by the Numbers
One cup (225 grams contain) contains the following. Percentages apply to daily value.

  • 105 calories

  • 76 percent vitamin C (antioxidant and immune booster)

  • 25 percent vitamin A  (antioxidant and vision)

  • 11 percent vitamin B6 plus other B vitamins (hormone production in brain and heart disease prevention)

  • 9 percent healthy probiotic fiber

  • 9 percent copper (copper is a co-factor for many vital enzymes plus production of red blood cells)

  • 7 percent potassium (to balance out our high sodium intake)

  • 4 percent magnesium

Fresh mango organic product on a tropical outdoor background

How to Prepare a Raw Mango For Fancy and Practical Eating

1. Hold the mango on its side and cut down on either side of the central seed. You will end with two big “halves” plus the central seed.

2. Place each half on the cutting board with peel facing down and cut the exposed flesh in a horizontal and vertical pattern, taking care not to cut too deep through the skin.

3. Then invert the whole half to push out the cubes as shown in the photo above.

Mangos for the Skin:


Externally: Just blending up the mango and applying to the face is fast and easy. Mangos contain beta-carotene, which is converted by your body to vitamin A. That and vitamin C are crucial to skin self-repair.

This Mango Mud Mask has all the benefits of mango plus the exfoliating benefits of oatmeal and almonds.

Internally: When eaten, mangos can aid in reducing skin problems, including pimples. Extract the large pit or seed from green mangos. You can eat this seed raw or cooked, or try a recipe like this Cucumber-Mint-Mango Lightness.

Do Monkeys Know Something We Don’t?

Monkeys eat the seed from the green mango, which Ayurvedic healers suggest gives the monkey its energy and powerful strength to jump in the tress.


  1. If you have a latex allergy, a reaction is possible with mangos, particularly green mangos. This reaction develops because of anacardic acid.

  2. Mango peel and sap contain urushiol, the chemical in poison ivy and poison sumac which can cause an allergic reaction in susceptible individuals.

  3. Mangos are ripened by some dealers using calcium carbide, which can cause serious health problems (one more reason to buy organic).  If you do have inorganic mangos, wash them properly before consuming or soak overnight in water.

orange smoothie in the glass

Mango Recipes:

Healthy and Refreshing Mango Yogurt Dessert

Eggplant and Mango Soba Noodles

Tropical Mango Banana Pie

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UN FAO: Food prices jump in January.



Food prices rose in January, and has become stronger for vegetable oils and sugar, the United Nations food agency said on Thursday.

The Food and Agriculture Organisation’s food price index, which measures monthly changes for a basket of cereals, oilseeds, dairy products, meat and sugar, averaged 164.8 points last month against 161.8 in December.

In spite of the rise, the index was still 2.2 per cent below its January 2018 level.

The FAO dairy price index jumped 7.2 per cent from December’s value, ending seven months of declines.

FAO said limited export supplies from Europe, caused by strong internal demand, was the main driving force behind the increase.


FAO’s vegetable oil price index rose 4.3 per cent from the previous month, while its sugar index rose 1.3 per cent and its cereal index made marginal gains on December.

The meat price index was largely unchanged.


FAO lifted its latest world cereal production forecast for 2018 to 2.611 billion tonnes, slightly higher than the December reading, reflecting upward revisions for maize, wheat and rice.

“Much of the projected growth is associated with expected increases in Europe, where beneficial weather has so far shored up yield prospects while also sowings are forecast to expand, largely driven by attractive prices,” FAO said.



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Cells that could prevent obesity, diabetes, hypertension found by American scientists.



An American scientists has discovered a group of cells in the small intestine that slows down metabolism and increase fat accumulation.

The study published on Wednesday in the journal Nature  may lend a clue to prevent and treat obesity, diabetes and hypertension.

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital in the US found that mice lacking those cells called intraepithelial T lymphocytes or natural IELs could burn fat and sugar without gaining weight.


When those cells are present, they suppress a hormone that speeds up metabolism and conserves more energy it gets from food.


Such a mechanism used to be an evolutionary advantage when food was scarce in ancient time, but “with the food so abundant,this energy-saving mechanism can backfire and lead to unhealthy outcomes,” said the paper’s lead researcher Filip Swirski from Massachusetts General Hospital.

Swirski’s study can eventually contribute to cardiovascular disease and other metabolic ailments.



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