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Hungry Girl Today: 06.28.06


Hungry Girl,

Can you give me some information about mangos? What are their benefits
and also their nutritional value (i.e. calories, sugar, fat, etc.)?

Mango Maven

Dear Maven,

Mangos ROCK! They are actually one of the most popular fruits in the world
but live their lives under the radar here in the US. With a peachy/pineappley
flavor, they are ideal to use in recipes and fantastic eaten straight. A large
mango (no skin) contains about 135 calories, less than 1g fat, 35g carbs,
4mg sodium, 30g sugars and a whopping 4g of fiber. Slightly unwieldy and
tricky to slice (that giant pit is so irritating!), I recommend using a mango
splitter to do the work for you. Here are some more interesting mango facts.
There are hundreds of varieties of mangos, they continue to ripen once
they're off the tree (and in your home), they contain vitamins A & C, as well
as beta carotene and are known as "the king of fruit" throughout the world.
Still want more mango info? Check out Chef Allen Susser's The Great Mango
Book for info and awesome mango-rific recipes!


Dear HG,

I'm new to your site and have several questions. When you say "points" do
you mean Weight Watchers points? Do people pay you to write about their
products? Where can I find Torani syrup and Blue Bunny ice cream products?
Also - what's your favorite beverage? Ok, that's all for now.

Curious in Cleveland

Dear Curious,

WOW...that's a lot of questions. You really are curious, aren't you? OK, here
goes. Yes, when I mention "points" I am referring to Weight Watchers points.
A large number of HG subscribers follow the WW plan, so I often include
points values as a courtesy. As far as being paid to write about things-- no,
none of the editorial you read in HG is paid for. That means NOTHING in our
News, Chew the Right Thing, Ask HG, Weekly Weigh In and Girls Bite Out is
paid for. Companies can't pay to be featured in HG editorial. You will notice
HG does occasionally send sponsored dedicated emails, and that we include
banners and Guilt Free Grocery advertorials in select emails. Those things
are paid for, but please know that any ads you do see are all for products
that I approve of and would feature in editorial anyway. This means that all
ads and special offers are only for products that I really like. Moving on.
Torani syrup can be found at stores like Smart & Final and Cost Plus World
Market. It's also sold online at Amazon and select sites. Torani's web site has
more details. As for Blue Bunny, their products are carried at select
supermarkets (more readily available in the midwest), and can also be found
nationally at Wal-Mart Supercenters. And, as for the beverage thing, my
favorite thing to drink is water (but about once or twice a week I'll have a
Coke Zero, which is my diet soda of choice). Whew, that was exhausting...


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