Mexican Favorites Become Popular North of the Border
Two produce items that are essential to Mexican cuisine
are gaining in popularity north of the border. Mangoes
and avocados are enjoying a greater popularity than ever
before in the U.S., due to evolving tastes, a large Mexican
population in the U.S., and greater availability of these
items in U.S. supermarkets. Avocados are known for their
rich, creamy flavor and healthy oils. They are essential
to side dishes like guacamole, and are a great addition
to salads or soups. Mangoes are the sweet side of Mexico,
with tender flesh that looks like sunshine and tastes
like the tropics.
- More mangoes are eaten worldwide than any
other fruit, but only 35 percent of Americans currently
- Mangoes are rich in Vitamins A, B, and C,
and are a great source of carotenoids and fiber.
They also contain
protein, calcium, potassium, and iron.
- Avocados are cholesterol-free, sodium-free
and low in saturated fat. They also contain potassium,
folate, dietary fiber, riboflavin and Vitamins
C, E and B6.
- Avocados are rich in Vitamin E, which is a powerful
antioxidant that protects against heart disease and
kinds of cancer
- Eat 5-13 servings of fruits
and vegetables every day—4 ½ cups
for the average person.
Traditional Mexican cuisine is rich in colorful
produce, making it a good way to get your
Five a Day, and enjoy
great flavor at the same time.