It’s summer,that amazing time of year when fresh produce abounds. There’s fresh, delicious and healthy choice of fruits and vegetables with many health benefits. Summers are welcome despite the heat because of the delicious Mango, king of fruits. Tomatoes, melons and cucumber abound too. Summer fruits and vegetables contain more vitamin C than fruits or vegetables produced during fall and winter and help in fighting infections.

Mango
Mango is a gift of nature in summer, not just for its delicious taste but also for plenty of health benefits.Mangoes are rich in nutrients like vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. It also contains traces of magnesium, manganese, selenium, calcium, iron, and phosphorus that are very useful for our body functioning. It is high in energy and beta carotene that is an important antioxidant that helps to prevent major illnesses like cancer and tuberculosis.

Milkshake and Lassi
Mango is a pulpy fruit high in carbohydrates. When added with milk, it helps in gaining strength and weight.  Diabetics need to control and monitor their carbohydrate intake to maintain blood sugar level but considering the nutritive value of mango, diabetics can also have mango, in moderate amounts. Mango lassi (without additional sugar) is a healthy choice for diabetics.

Mangoes contain vitamin A and E which are good for the eyes. 100 grams of mango provides a quarter of recommended daily levels of vitamin A that is important for good vision.These vitamins also help in making the skin soft and shining.

Abundant minerals like potassium and magnesium and traces of copper keep blood pressure under control.

Sensory taste receptors are affected by weather thus making food tastes in summer less defined. It is also well known that one should avoid alcohol owing to the effect of hot temperature and humidity affect the absorption.

Mangoes contain digestive enzymes that help in breaking down proteins. High amount of fibrein mango helps to prevent constipation.High level Vitamin C in mango helps in curing anemia. Vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine) found in mangoes helps in the heart functioning. Glutamine acids in mango keep the cells active and boost memory.

Unripe mango guards one from heat stroke

The unripe mango protects from the adverse effects of hot, scorching winds. A drink prepared from the unripe mango by cooking in hot ashes and mixing the pith with sugar and water is an age-old remedy for heat exhaustion and heat stroke.

Eating raw mango with salt quenches thirst and prevents the excessive loss of sodium chloride and iron from excessive sweating of summer.

Aam Panna or raw mango juice with jaggery is a natural coolant and can be taken every day during summer. To make aam panna, grate or chop raw mango and crush jaggery. Blend both in the juicer/mixer. A pinch of elaichi powder adds flavour and helps with digestion.

Watermelon
Watermelon keeps the body cool.92 percent water content in watermelon helps in staying hydrated and in keeping memory sharp with a stable mood. It also helps keep the body cool (by sweating) during hot summer months. Fewer calories and more water of the fruit contain weight gain.Water melon juice doesn’t require any additional sugars if made without adding water.

Tomato
Abundantly available in summer, tomatoes actually help reduce sunburns. The carotenoid that makes tomatoes red protects body skin from sunburn.  It has plenty of vitamin c, phosphorous and calcium. Lesser amount of carbohydrates renders this fruity vegetable as a healthy option for diabetics. Tomato actually helps in fighting infections. Its juice helps in combating acidity. It is also good in curing tuberculosis.

Tomato juice is simple to make, tasty and healthy. Cut tomato into pieces, add a few mint leaves and blend in a mixer/juicer. Add a spoon of honey and sip the frothy juice.

Cucumber
Although cucumber is an all time vegetable, it comes as a blessing during summers. It soothes the system and provides extra water content. Tender cucumbers, variety of those, should be eaten raw as salads or blend into a juice, with a few mint leaves.

Tasty cucumber chat can be made by mixing crushed coriander, green chili and a pinch of black salt to diced cucumber pieces.

Tips
You feel you have had too much of mango? Don’t worry; eat a piece of the mango skin. Nature comes in a package and the remedy is within.
A dash of mint enhances the flavors in juices and helps in digestion too.

 


By Editorial Team

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