Mangos are well known for their strong nutritional profile. They’re chockfull of healthful antioxidants and also contain over 20 different vitamins and minerals such as vitamin A, vitamin C, folate, fiber, vitamin B6 and copper.
However, recent research now shows that there’s more to mangos than vitamins and minerals.
In a study published in The Journal of Nutrition and Food Science, mango consumption was shown to be associated with a healthier diet in more than 29,000 children and adults who were participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES).
Study researchers noticed that adults who consume mangos tended to have a higher intake of potassium and dietary fiber, both of which are known to contribute to a balanced diet. Also, mango consumption was associated with lower levels of C-reactive protein (CRP), a marker of inflammation. High levels of CRP in the blood have been linked to increased risk for heart disease.
Not only that - on average, adult mango eaters had higher intakes of whole fruit, vitamin C, potassium and dietary fiber while having lower intakes of added sugars, saturated fats and sodium. Overall, both adults and children who consumed mangos scored higher on the Healthy Eating Index compared to those who did not eat mangos.
Emerging research further indicates that mango consumption may also lower blood sugar levels in obese adults.
A pilot study recently conducted at Oklahoma State University examined the effects of daily mango consumption in 20 obese individuals over 12 weeks. They found that all participants had significantly lower blood glucose levels compared to their baselines, even though there were no significant changes in their body composition.
These findings support the results from a previously published study which had shown that adding 1% mango to high-fat diets in mice effectively reduced body fat accumulation and lowered blood glucose levels.
Given these health benefits of mangos - why not add them to your diet today?