Fruits are wonderful for the body. Refreshing and often packed with important vitamins and minerals, they provide a healthy snack and can cure even the most persistent sweet tooth. Dried mango is one of the most popular dried fruits on the market, as many people enjoy the crisp taste and ease with which it can be eaten.
But dried mango lovers should be aware of the fact that dried fruits are particularly less healthy than their natural counterparts. When a mango is dried, it loses water that makes it filling and packs more calories into a smaller amount of fruit—meaning that it is easy to eat too much at once. Though this can be a concern, you can avoid this issue by eating only a serving at a time, ensuring that you will not continue to munch after eating an appropriate amount.
Though dried mango does contain a higher concentration of sugar, calories, and carbohydrates than fresh mango, it is still a healthy snack that can provide your body with some of the vitamins it needs. First of all, dried mango is a wonderful source of vitamin A, which helps regulate the metabolism. It also contains some vitamin C, but the levels of this vitamin tend to decline during the drying process.
Mangos are also wonderful sources of the following (though keep in mind that dried mangos have less to offer than fresh mangos):
• Phenols, which are antioxidants with anticancer capabilities.
• Iron, which is important in avoiding anemia.
• Vitamin E.
• Selenium, which fights heart disease.
• Calcium, which contributes to strong bones.
Dried mango is, for all intents and purposes, a good snack that is healthier than its alternatives, such as candy, cookies, and other decidedly unhealthy foods. Though it is not the most health-conscious way to eat mangos, dried mango is perfectly acceptable in moderation.