Mangoes are one of the most cultivated fruits in tropical regions, with India which grows the most number of mangoes producing over 18 million tons annually. In recent years the potential health benefits of mangoes have been widely investigated. Mangoes have been found to contain a variety of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, A, E and K, as well as a range of B vitamins. In addition they contain elements that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties beneficial to our health.
New research shows the effect that mangoes have on blood sugar, obesity and diabetes.
In tests conducted on mice, researchers found that mice fed mangoes had lower percentage of body fat, lower blood cholesterol levels and lower blood sugar levels.
In a separate study, obese individuals given 10 grams of freeze-dried mango pulp every day for 12 weeks were found to have lower blood glucose levels. But researchers caution that studies using more people will be needed before concluding for sure that mangoes have a positive effect in lowering blood glucose levels.
Another study provides hope that mangoes might be useful in the fight against obesity. Mangoes contain a range of chemicals known as polyphenols, some of which reduced the ability of fat cells to multiply in the laboratory. Although the research will need to be duplicated in humans, the authors are confident of the results, concluding: "These results suggest that a diet abundant in mango might be helpful in the prevention of obesity and obesity-related diseases."
Although mango is nutritionally rich, everything should be eaten in moderation. Mangoes are relatively high in carbohydrate and, for someone who is watching their weight or glucose levels, they should be eaten as part of a calorie controlled diet. In conclusion, adding mangoes to a healthy diet could be beneficial for blood sugar, lipid levels, and possibly obesity. However, further research is needed to solidify these findings.