Mango is a sweet nutritious tropical and subtropical fruit. According to the Wikipedia, mango contains a variety of phytochemicals. The fruit pulp is high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin C, diverse polyphenols, provitamin A carotenoids and omega-3 and -6 polyunsaturated fatty acids. Two dozens of different carotenoids were isolated from mango pulp, the most abundant of which was beta-carotene, which accounts for the yellow-orange pigmentation of most mango fruits.
As you can see, mango is very rich natural gift with a potential of multiply health benefits. But it all goes wrong in our profit-driven world: Dried mango produced by unnamed company in Thailand and distributed by Amport Foods in Minneapolis is sweeter and brighter than natural mango because tons of sugar and artificial colorants are added.
Combined concentration of the two artificial colors per gram was found to be 0.42 mg/g that was approximately half the amount detected earlier in Farmer’s Fruit Mix (0.70 mg/g) and Dried Papaya (0.87 mg/g).
Based on the ingredient list, Dye Diet Calculator indicates Health Risk = 3.29, Nutritional Value = 0.21 plus 52% of added sugar by weight and 0 g protein. That’s how modern food industry turns good nutritious fruit into wasteful crap that costs you $2.98. And nevertheless they keep lying to you by giving this “sweet” text on the label:
“Our products contain ingredients that you know are real and good for you. That’s we harvest our products from the source. Great tasting, good for you food comes from nature and great tasting snacks come from Nature’s Harvest.”
Obviously, food industry professionals consider sulfites (sulfur dioxide, which may trigger a number of symptoms including asthma) and two potentially cancer-promoting azo dyes as unquestionable ingredients of their “good for you” list. But we do know that they are NOT good for us along with 5 teaspoons of added sugar per serving! We still have a choice to reject them for our health and well-being of our families. Let’s do that!
Bottom line. Reading ingredients are vital for healthy survival in the present days. Alternatively, you can use the free Dye Diet Calculator to see Health Risk, Nutritional Value, caloric and sugar content of any processed food. If a product is not there, please help by introducing at least one of your favorite products and its ingredients into the free database. As dye-free alternatives you may consider other Nature’s Harvest fruit snacks available at Walmart:
Here you go: Ultra Apricot, Banana Chips, Pineapple Chops, Mixed Berries and others come without artificial colors. Beware of Nature’s Harvest Island Trio: In addition to Yellow 5 and Yellow 6 it also contains Blue 1 artificial dye. Good luck, my friends!