Cel­e­brate the ar­rival of sum­mer with this sea­son’s most wanted fruit. From re­duc­ing body fat to nur­tur­ing the skin and tast­ing sim­ply de­li­cious, a mango can well and truly do it all

India Today - - SNAPSHOTS - by Mridu Rai

If there ever was a Jus­tice League among fruits, we’re sure that the mango would lead this su­per­hero pack with it’s end­less list of mighty hid­den pow­ers. They don’t call it the king of fruits with­out rea­son.

SLURP The best way to en­joy a mango is not to cut and slice it but to bite a tiny bit off the top and then suck out the sweet pulpy juice in­side. Oh, the sheer plea­sure of it. SHAKE A glass of milk, few cubes of ice, a sprin­kle of sugar and a nice ripe mango are all it takes to beat the sum­mer heat. Sub­sti­tut­ing sugar for honey might save you some calo­ries. SOUP Chef Veena Arora, Chef De Cui­sine at The Spice Route, The Im­pe­rial, New Delhi, has given the tra­di­tional South In­dian soup a fresh twist with her Man­gai Rasam— a mango juice flavoured rasam tem­pered with Ker­ala spices. SCRUB Rich in vi­ta­mins, min­er­als, pro­teins and fi­bre, the beauty ben­e­fits of man­goes are quite well known. Soft baby skin, then, is just half a cup of mango juice, one tea­spoon of honey and one cup of por­ridge oats away. SEE One cup of sliced mango sup­plies 25 per cent of your daily vi­ta­min A re­quire­ment. Thus pro­mot­ing good eye­sight and pre­vent­ing dry eyes and night blind­ness. SHRINK Mango skin is known to have properties that re­duce body fats and lower choles­terol and blood glu­cose lev­els. So when it comes to the king of fruits, it’s also what’s on the out­side that counts.

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