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Nutrition Facts: Serving Size 1/2 mango (104g)

  • Calories 70
  • Total Fat 0.5g
1 percent Daily Value
  • Cholesterol 0mg
0 percent Daily Value
  • Sodium 0mg
0 percent Daily Value
  • Total Carbohydrate 17g
6 percent Daily Value
  • Dietary Fiber 1g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Protein 0g
  • Vitamin A 40 percent Daily Value
  • Vitamin C 15 percent Daily Value
  • Calcium 0 percent Daily Value
  • Iron 0 percent Daily Value

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Daily values may be higher or lower depending on calorie needs. Source: PMA's Labeling Facts.

The mango in culture

Beyond the nutritional value and the pleasure of taste and sight, the mango has also been revered in culture. The mango fruit itself has been called the "king of fruits," and a reference to mangos as the "food of the gods" can be found in the Hindu Vedas. In India, the mango is considered as a wish-fulfilling tree and often viewed as a symbol of love and love, and is commonly associated with ideas of fertility and fecundity. At wedding ceremonies, the couple may be presented with mango leaves, to ensure many children, and to announce the birth of a child, neighbors decorate doorways with mango leaves. Archways of houses may also be decorated with mangos when a wedding occurs or new house constructed.

Buddha was said to be fond of meditation in mango groves, and on holy days, mango twigs are used by Hindus to brush their teeth.

The mango is also popular in the arts. The common artistic motif, the paisley design, found on Indian textiles, is a representation of the mango. It was one of the oldest patterns, if not the oldest pattern, used by the European weaving industry. French Impressionist Paul Gauguin also used the mango as the focus of some well-known paintings.

References

  • Budhwar, K. 2002. Romance of the Mango: The Complete Book of the King of Fruits. New Delhi: Penguin Books India.
  • F & S Produce Company. 2006. Mangos Nutrition Facts Retrieved August 1, 2006.
  • Ismael, M. K. 2006. Mango: The King of Fruits Bawarchi Health and Nutrition. Retrieved August 1, 2006.
  • Morton, J. F. 1987. Fruits of Warm Climates. Miami: Creative Resource Systems.
  • Phytochemicals.info. 2006. Phytochemicals, Beta-crptozanthin Retrieved August 1, 2006.

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