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.
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.
> I(and my wife) LOVES Mangos BUT what is the BEST way to peel them?
Cut the mango then hold a slice in your hand and either dig in with your teeth, thereby creating a “mango mustache” on your face, or use a knife or spoon to scoop the pulp away from the peel. Oh and plant the core to grow a tree out of it.
I cut out fast food to lose weight (works like a champ, and it's easy. Easier on the wallet, too). I walk 30-45 min at lunch, weather permitting. Caffeine is a little harder, but I'm trying.
Feel great. No meds for me, so far. A little moderation, and good sense, goes a long way.
As for the mangoes, I think that I'd rather walk at lunch. But, if people want to eat 'em, then, they should eat 'em. Can't hurt, might help. Certainly, it's better for you than a Whopper with Extra Cheese.
I remember the yellow mangoes while I was in the Philippines, very sweet and flavorful.
“I(and my wife) LOVES Mangos BUT what is the BEST way to peel them?”
You do not need to peel.
Cut it in half and eat as you would any melon.
My wife also dices the meat to half inch squares in each half.
It makes it easier to eat.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.