7 Wonderful Health Benefits Of Mango For Kids

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The king of fruits, mango, is a favorite among everyone. Mango for kids makes for delicious snacks packed with several benefits. Mangoes are considered an all-rounder fruit, and summer seasons feel incomplete without mangoes. Whether it is a fresh piece of mango or made into a smoothie, children love mango in any form given.

It should also be noted that mangoes are packed with essential nutrients and vitamins, such as vitamin C, which are important for a child’s healthy immunity. Read on to know more about the benefits of mangoes.

What Are Mangoes?

Mango is highly popular as ‘The king of fruits’ among kids. You will find several kids love eating mango or drinking mango milkshake. Mangoes are endemic to Asia, but are cultivated all over the world. India and Burma are the biggest exporters of mangoes. The sweet fruit has many nutritional benefits, so including it in your kid’s diet will boost his health and immunity (1).

Health Benefits Of Mango For Kids:

Mango boasts of an abundance of nutrients, such as antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and other vital nutrients, that are beneficial for kids. Here are some prominent health benefits of mangoes for kids.

1. Improved Vision:

Just one cup of mango slices comprises 25% of daily recommended intake of vitamin A of kids. Vitamin A is highly beneficial for good eyesight. So, eating mangoes helps prevent the risk of night blindness, burning and itching of eyes, softening of the cornea, refractive errors, and dryness in the eyes.

2. Promotes Digestion:

Mangoes possess many beneficial digestive enzymes that help breaking down proteins and promote smooth digestion in kids. Eating mangoes helps soothe your kid’s stomach and prevents the risk of acidity and digestive disorders. Also, the high fiber content in this nutritious fruit helps avoid constipation substantially (2).

3. Memory Booster:

Mango is a good source of glutamine acid. Eating the fruit ensures adequate levels of glutamine acid in kids. The glutamine acid boosts your kid’s brain functions and improves his memory (3).

4. Promotes Texture And Health Of The Skin:

Eating mangoes helps keep your kid’s skin healthy, soft, and radiant. Apply mango pulp to your kid’s skin and let it stay on for around ten minutes. Mango pulp helps unclog blocked pores and minimizes blemishes.

5. Prevents Cancer:

Mangoes are rich in pectin, a soluble dietary fiber that helps minimize the risk of development of cancer of gastrointestinal tract in your kids. So, eating mangoes prevents the development of cancer in kids.

6. Treats Anemia:

High iron content in the mangoes helps cure anemia in kids. The right amount of mango in your diet can boost the red blood cells (RBCs) count in kids and prevents the adverse effects of anemia.

7. Promotes Weight Gain:

A moderate intake of mangoes is one of the simplest ways to enhance your kid’s weight effectively. Just 150 grams of mango offers your kid about 86 calories, which his body can easily absorb and boosts his weight. You can offer your kids mango milkshake to help them become strong and healthy (4).

Two Wonderful Mango Recipes For Kids:

If your child finds it boring to eat mango slices, you can prepare several healthy, delicious mango recipes. Here are a couple of ideas:

1. Mango And Coconut Smoothie:

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You Will Need:

  • 100 grams of puree of mango
  • A couple of fresh mint leaves
  • 100 ml coconut milk
  • Two tablespoons of honey
  • A few ice cubes

How To:

  1. Add mango puree, coconut milk, honey, and ice to a blender till the mixture turns smooth. Put the delicious smoothie in a bowl or glass.
  2. Garnish the mango smoothie with fresh mint leaves and serve it to your kid.

It is one of the tastiest mango smoothie recipes for kids you should definitely try.

2. Chili Mango Salad:

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You Will Need:

  • Three mangoes, peeled and diced
  • One teaspoon of chili powder
  • Two lemons
  • ½ tsp of sea salt
  • A pinch of cayenne pepper

How To:

  1. Place fresh mango pieces in a shallow bowl.
  2. Mix zest of lime, chili powder, sea salt, and cayenne pepper.
  3. Sprinkle the spicy and salty mixture on the mango pieces in the bowl and serve it to your kid.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Can three-year-olds eat mangoes?

Yes. Mangoes can be introduced to a child from the age of seven to eight months when they begin eating solids (5).

2. Can children eat mangoes daily?

Yes. Children can eat mangoes daily as they are healthy, tasty, and nutritious and are good for the immune system and digestive tract (6).

3. Can children chew on mango pits?

Yes. Chewing on mango pits can be beneficial for teething babies, relieving the sore gums and strengthening the jaw muscles (7).

Mangoes possess vital nutrients in abundance. Not just nutrient-rich fruit for kids, they are also the tastiest treats. They help boost health and increase immunity. Packed with minerals, vitamins, and antioxidants, mangoes are beneficial for your child’s vision, digestion, memory, etc. You can try these exciting mango salad and smoothie recipes for your children.

References:

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  1. Mango.
    http://nhb.gov.in/report_files/mango/MANGO.htm
  2. Eating Diet & Nutrition for Irritable Bowel Syndrome.
    https://www.niddk.nih.gov/health-information/digestive-diseases/irritable-bowel-syndrome/eating-diet-nutrition
  3. Koda Masanori et al.; (2012); Metabolic Discrimination of Mango Juice from Various Cultivars by Band-Selective NMR Spectroscopy.
    https://pubag.nal.usda.gov/catalog/384822
  4. National Campaign against Overweight and Obesity.
    https://www.moh.gov.sa/en/healthawareness/campaigns/badana/pages/009.aspx
  5. Can babies eat mango?
    https://www.mango.org/blog-can-babies-eat-mango/
  6. Featured Blog: 5 Benefits of Mango for Kids, Plus A Nutritious Mango Chia Pudding Recipe.
    https://www.mango.org/featured-blog-5-benefits-of-mango-for-kids-plus-a-nutritious-mango-chia-pudding-recipe/
  7. Uses for Mango Seeds.
    https://www.mango.org/blog-uses-for-mango-seeds/
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Sadiya Qamar

Sadiya is a writer and editor with a passion for writing about parenthood and children. Her focus areas are health, wellness, and beauty. For MomJunction, she writes on kids’ health and nutrition.  Sadiya believes in doing in-depth research and providing accurate information to help parents with concerns on their children’s growth and development.

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