How healthy is Mango pickle?




Indians and their love for traditional pickles have made the old legacy famous worldwide. Be it a fulfilling Indian thali or a regular meal, it's all considered incomplete without a serving of a dash of Achar (pickle). 

Indian Mango Pickles have a tangy, spicy, yet mouth-watering taste which can turn any boring dish fun. 

As soon as a jar of mango pickle gets opened, the smell lingers you towards it. 

The origin of pickles goes back to 2030 BCE when cucumbers (native to India) were pickled in the Tigris valley in Kerala. "Achar" is considered of Persian origin, which refers to salted fruits and vegetables preserved in salt, vinegar or oil. Pickles were invented to store and preserve food for a long period.

The mango pickle recipe's oldest and most common ingredients are mustard oil, mustard seeds, fenugreek seeds, Asafoetida, Red chilli powder and turmeric powder. There are several other types of mango pickle recipes which are savoured as well.

But wait a minute; this is not all. If you think that mango pickle is just about the tangy taste and layers of flavour, then hear us out.

Having mango pickle in your regular diet has many health benefits. Let's explore them.

  • Mango pickle prepared from fresh farm-picked raw mangoes can provide a good amount of antioxidants to fight the free radicals in the body, protecting it from oxidative damage.
  • Mango pickle is packed with nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin K, Vitamin A, Copper, Folate and fibre, making it good for health.
  • When consumed in a safe quantity, it also helps boost immunity.
  • Mango pickle has a good quantity of fibre which helps improve digestion, and the enzymes in it help break down protein and fats.
  • Being a fermented food product, it's good for overall gut health.
  • The spices and the presence of magnesium and potassium present in mango pickle maintain blood pressure if the salt used is reasonable in sober quantity.
  • Mango pickles have hepatoprotective properties, which protect the liver from damage.
  • It is safe for people with diabetes as well.
  • Mango pickle aids in weight loss as it is low in calories.

So the next time someone asks you why you love mango pickle so much, you know what to tell them. Enlighten them with these health benefits and choose the healthy and fresh Mango pickle for yourself.