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Spotlight: The Mango

Taylor Whittlesey shares her connection with this nutritious fruit from her time in the Dominican Republic. Learn how her consumption with mangos has not only helped shaped her body and nutritional habits, but has reminded her of her time living abroad. #jmgfruitsandveggies


I’ve always loved mangos growing up, but after living in the Dominican Republic for a few months in college, it has without a doubt become my most favorite fruit. The wild mangos there were absolutely delicious. It was not at all surprising to find a child (or yourself) climbing up a tree to taste its juicy goodness while walking down the street. When ripe, the mangos easily fall to the ground when the tree is shaken. I have many fond memories of playing with the kids in my community in the fields beneath and in the mango trees.

Fortunately for the kids there the fruit was extremely nutritious and free. Although in America, the mango may not be free, the nutrition value is just the same; it is so good for you!

Mango Nutritional Content


  • Helps regulate the body’s use of sugars
  • Helps stabilize hunger and blood sugar


  • Alleviates stress and anxiety
  • Lowers blood pressure
  • Enhances muscle strength and your metabolism


  • Aids in healthy bone formation
  • Improves digestion
  • Improves hormonal balance


  • Aids in homeostasis of muscle and nerve functions
  • Keeps heart beating rhythmically


  • Maintains bone and dental health

Vitamin A

  • Aids in body’s immunity to fight infections
  • Aids in improving vision

Vitamin C

  • Prevention of scurvy
  • Aids in immunity to common cold

Mangos are fantastic by themselves, but they also pair well in a variety of dishes. I use them in smoothies after workouts, in my homemade salsas, and even on my green salad dishes. So next time you are at the grocery store, pick up a mango. Your body will thank you later!



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