Mangoes; A source of Roughage!!!

The golden yellow appealing fruit is one of my delights. Mangoes are commonly grown in Africa. They grow naturally without the aid of human touch. I have grown to like Mangoes since I was young; At home we had a small orchard. Mango trees dominated other fruit trees.  I used to enjoy climbing up the mango fruit trees when I saw a beautiful ripe mangoes on the highest branch of the tree. In fact almost every one of my family members enjoyed it. I only stopped climbed the mango trees when the wasps got me one day. I was out numbered as they attacked my fragile body, and every inch of my body got a bite. The pain was unbearable. I dropped off quickly like a ball and bounced back on a hard ground.  My ordeal that day was witnessed with far distance spectators who were my nieces and my nephews and they were busy weeding their fields when they caught me with their naked eyes as I fall off from a mango tree. Instantly they knew that I have been caught up in mango-wasp war. When I looked over the fields I heard an explosives of laughter as they all gazed at me. It was a painful experience but good enough to teach me not to climb the mango tree again.  But having gone through that  it had never stopped me from  liking  the mangoes.

The "hedgehog" style is a common way...

 Today, my main message is not centred on the ordeal with the wasp but enlighten you that mango is a source of roughage which occur naturally in fruits, vegetables and grains. The health benefits of a diet with high fibre are that it helps digestions system, reduces constipation and controlling of weight. In some cases the dietary fibre is also used to treat variety conditions, such as heart diseases, diverticula’s and diabetes.

Since fibre is often concentrated in the peel, not eating them will minimise fibre content in your body. In other words its wiser to wash your fruit and eat its skin to get the best roughage out of than to peel off coat. Mango is not only fruit with the roughage dietary requirements but also fruits such as apples, bananas, blackberries, raisins and oranges.

To those who like vegetables a lot more the following list of vegetables have a high dietary fibre content: Carrots, lentils, peas, sweet potatoes, winter squashes and baked beans. Grains including bread and cereal, oatmeal, brown rice has more fibre than white bread. Nuts also have a high dietary of fibre content. You will be doing yourself a favour by eating almonds and peanuts, as the roughage dietary will never forsake you.

In a way I have highlighted Mangoes more than anything else simply because I like them so much and I eat them a lot. Since coming into UK, I have made a policy of always buying a box full of mangoes not from the supermarkets but from the wholesalers. I always get the freshest mangoes labelled: a produce of Ghana, or Uganda and Kenya. The taste of these mangoes cools down my metabolism and hence  flooding in fresh taste memories of Africa. Hope you will find this article useful for you.


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