Skip to comments.Eating mangoes may help lower blood sugar and cancer risk
Posted on 04/28/2013 10:11:50 PM PDT by Jyotishi
Washington, DC - These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health.
Consumption of mangoes may potentially have a positive effect on blood sugar in obese individuals and help to limit inflammation, according to a new research.
The study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, examined the effects of daily mango consumption on clinical parameters and body composition in obese subjects (body mass index, BMI = 30kg/m2).
Twenty adults (11 males and 9 females) participated in the study, which included daily dietary supplementation with 10 grams of freeze dried mango (equivalent to approximately 100 grams of fresh mango, according to Dr. Lucas) for 12 weeks.
Blood sugar levels at the conclusion of the study were significantly lower than the baseline in both male and female subjects. There were no significant changes in body composition for either gender, and BMI increased significantly in female subjects but not male subjects compared to baseline.
These findings are the result of a single study and more research is needed on the effects of mango consumption on human health.
"The results of this study support what we learned in our recent animal model, which found that mango improved blood glucose in mice fed a high fat diet," said Dr. Lucas.
"Although the mechanism by which mango exerts its effects warrants further investigation, we do know that mangeos contain a complex mixture of polyphenolic compounds. Research has shown that several other plants and their polyphenolic compounds, such as isoflavone from soy , epigallocatechin gallate from green tea , and proanthocyanidin from grape seed , have a positive effect on adipose tissue," the researcher stated.
Another research led by Susanne Mertens-Talcott, Ph.D., Assistant Professor and Director for Research, Institute for Obesity Research and Program Evaluation of Texas A n M University, examined the effects of polyphenols found in fresh mangos on cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.
This study suggested that mango polyphenols might limit inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells.
Because this was an in vitro study, more research is needed to determine whether mango polyphenols can have the same effect in humans.
The research was presented this week at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) in Boston.
I just returned from my town market where I bought a mango
along with a few apples, oranges and bananas.
Life in Dalaguete, the vegetable capital of Cebu, is pretty nice.
I go by bicycle each day to buy meats, fruits, and vegges...all locally raised or grown.
I’ve been eating dried mango pretty much daily for the last 8 years or so, and I think it really helps with acid reflux too.
I love them. They taste better than peaches.
Mangoes come in many varieties. Growing up in India, there was a strain of Mangoes grown in Ratnagiri area. They were called “Hapoos” at my house. I have found extremely difficult to buy those in US. They had unbelievable great flavor and aroma. The only place I found them was in a food stand in Chicago probably run by an Indian proprietor. Even the lower grade “juice” mangoes had a potent aroma and taste. The mangoes I buy in grocery stores in Seattle are so blah.
Personally, I love mangoes. And I wish this were true. But sample size 20? Worthless.
If you are a poor negroid raced child in Haiti who subsists a big chunk of your subsistence on mangoes it will dye your mouth ring on the face orangish....like a bad cartoon
Temporary or not
I used to see that a lot there.... pitiful how children suffer
I’m less accustomed to it today...I got more hardened back then
In JA I liked the big plump Bombay strain
In Myamuh they were a scourge.... dropping everywhere staining the drive
I like them raw...or on salad
Or in chutney
Or ice cream
I wish more people noted the sample size here. I am so so on mangoes... I remember the kids at the train station in Guatemala trying to knock mangos out of the trees... the first time I had mango was down there or in southern Mexico... unripe with salt.
I live in the Midwest so I know the ones I buy have traveled a long way and probably have lost some of the flavor. I have found frozen mangoes but they of course aren’t as good. I had no idea there were so many kinds.
Hmm. Almost a staple here in Thailand - many people have mango trees in their front yards, but diabetes is rampant here also.
I wonder if the seeds are available to grow the type you like?
[[This study suggested that mango polyphenols might limit inflammatory response in both cancerous and non-cancerous breast cells]]
Wonder if this might also be good for other diseases which are caused by inflamatory responses like arthritis, Crohn’s, etc- where the body attacks itself
Hmm, no luck on getting their shipping rates. Makes me suspicious. Someone on Amazon said you can probably get them cheaper at an Indian store (and no shipping charge). So I’ll try that. Sorry for the bother!
They also have Cherimoyas. They are supposed to be delicious, but I've never had one.
If so, I’ll live forever.
“The mangoes ate my baby!”
Interesting. I guess that American supermarket blahness has happened to all fruits.
I’m thinking about trying my hand at growing Paw Paw trees which are believed to have similar anti cancer properties.
I wish you good luck with paw paws. They grow wild on my mom’s small spread in Indiana. I had one when I was a kid in the late 70s cut right from a tree while walking a cow path. It was the size of a baked potato and tasted like a mild banana. I don’t think they are all that commercially viable but for personal consumption from your privately owned woodland, they are a real treat.
From what studying I’ve done they appear to be fairly tricky to grow until they become established. They are in the Mango family.
As best I can tell, the mostly grow in the shade of other larger timber. If you have a decidiouos timber stand, you may be able to get them to grow there.
Interesting. They don’t grow where I live and I don’t know that I’ve encountered them, but I love fruit trees and had a small orchard of them once.
We got some nice ones here in Dumaguete. But be careful during the winter, they look sweet but some times are not.
3 of the McCoy clan were executed in a Paw Paw grove. I believe history records it as “The Paw Paw tree incident”
Ha—I had just seen on wikipedia that their range seemed to be hillbilly country.
I’m at the northern edge of their range but they were once common enough that Michigan has a town named after them.
I think it moved.
I(and my wife) LOVES Mangos BUT what is the BEST way to peel them?
This is slightly off subject, but I thank you for bringing up PawPaw’s. I’m almost 72 and sick with a terminal lung disease. I spend a lot of time on memories. When I was a very small child my mother would sing me to sleep with a song about down in the PawPaw patch. I never knew what a PawPaw was until today. THANK YOU!
You might want to look into Paw Paws or Paw Paw extract.It probably won’t save your life but just might add a little quality time to what you have left.
I’ll also be sure to say a prayer for you.
But, I certainly would see where eating four ounces of dried fruit (that's a heck of a lot!) per day would improve your health. Plenty of fiber, vitamins, and it would fill you up so that you're not eating Big Macs.
Sez me, if you want to eat mangoes, eat mangoes.
Compared to Philippine mango, the mangos imported to America are flavorless
I have had good luck with growing Paw Paws. I have two by the side of my deck that are about 4-5 inches in diameter and grew from seeds 15 years ago. They make a nice tropical looking screen and produce lots of Paw Paws...I end up giving or throwing them away after eating my fill. I have a wooded area in back where I throw them and it’s turned into a Paw Paw patch.
I think the secret is to get them started from seed where you want them to grow as they are near impossible to dig up with an intact tap root. I’ve tried digging up young ones that were a year old and about a foot high and the tap root was well over a foot long. Transplants may survive but they never seem to grow to any size or produce much fruit.
My experience is that the seeds seem to take a couple of years before I notice them. Maybe the first yeat is spent growing the tap root to China.
Afternoon shade is what they like, and they are very susceptible to frost when they bloom in early spring. I think proximity to the house protects mine with a microclimate and avoids frost damage.
Originally there were three along side my deck and I tried to move one years ago. It lived, but the trunk is not the diameter of my thumb and is about 5 feet tall. The other two are probably 20 feet high and have been pruned back twice.
so who ate the last mango in paris?
That sounds fantastic. Love fruit. I think I could live on it. That is, if a really good selection of it was available all the time, not just the stuff you see in most supermarkets. And chili. Gotta have my chili. :-)
Those are right ones! Prices seem high though. Try finding a large fruit stand run by Indians. The season for this fruit is short and my recall is month of May is the season.
In the worst case, visit a grocery store catering to Indians. They will stock canned mango pulp from Alphonso mangoes. It is not fresh mangoes, and usually has sugar added but taste is good. The mango pulp is quite thick, not runny. I like to pour a teaspoon of melted butter on the pulp in a small bowl.
Hold the mango with the stem pointing up. There is a large-flat pit inside at center of fruit, so you want to cut vertically as close to the pit as possible on both sides. That will yield the largest piece in the shape of a bowl.
Then cut each in two yielding total of 4 pieces which can be eaten with a spoon. The remaining fruit should also be cut along the pit and will yield smaller pieces. Finally use your teeth to scrape off any pulp remaining on the pit.
I think the climate where mangoes are grown makes a huge difference. Like hot house tomatoes are never as good as backyard tomatoes.
I am in my 70’s and my lifetime experience says exercise 4 times a week for 30 minutes is superior to any diet or meds. It will keep your blood sugar levels, avoid joint pains in knees and hips, help a great deal with blood pressure levels, and greatly improve energy level.
That reminds me, I have to go do my treadmill now!!!
> They were called Hapoos at my house. I have found extremely difficult to buy those in US....
They are available online, as are the Alphonso variety.
> Life in Dalaguete, the vegetable capital of Cebu . . .
If you enjoy the Philippine cuisine there then you probably know that bitter melon (fruit and leaves) also keeps the blood sugar low.
> But sample size 20? Worthless
A campaign for funding the research, perhaps.
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