The bulk of the American population probably has never even heard of the fruit called the mamey. And if they have, they might well know it by its less politically correct name, the mammy-apple. If the American populace were ever to embrace the mamey, it would probably be as winter fruit served up on holidays. For you see, the mamey is shaped like a football. Football-shaped, yes, but the mamey also has a definite connection to the avocado. With two very important exceptions as regards the latter: a mamey provides far fewer calories and much less fat than its avocado cousin. And those aren’t the only reasons you should add mameys to your diet.
When it comes to the nutritional benefits of your digestive system, the mamey is one of the most effective foods available. A single piece of mamey fruit provides-get ready-all of the dietary fiber you need for the day. Yes, that’s right: 100% of the recommended daily minimum allowance of fiber can be consumed just by eating a mamey. Or mammy-apple if you are not prone to fits of disgust at wildly in appropriate names. When you get enough fiber in your body, your trips to the bathroom should go exactly as planned. You won’t even need to bring in something to read because you should in and out in record time.
Pregnant women might be especially interested to know that the fruit with the interminably strange name of mamey can provide nearly half the vitamin B6 you should be getting each day. Eating a mamey during those early months of pregnancy when mornings (and often afternoons and evenings) cause nausea and vomiting can mean mornings, afternoons and evenings that are remarkably free of nausea and vomiting. Elevated levels of vitamin B6 may help assist in maintaining a more effective memory as you age. Since the mamey contains robust levels of vitamin B6, blending it down into beverage form may be an ideal way to start your morning off so that you can remember what happened between then and dinnertime.
One mamey can provide you with nearly double the amount of vitamin C you should consume per day. This means that adding the mamey to your diet increases your body’s ability to naturally defend itself against the onslaught of free radicals. Free radicals are agents in the service of cancer. As an antioxidant, vitamin C puts up a strong defense against these carcinogenic warriors. Vitamin C also aids in the body’s immune system. Eating a mammy-apple a few times a week can mean that wounds heal faster and muscle and ligament tissue becomes stronger.