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Anti-Cancer Mangoes

Anti-Cancer Mangoes

Tropical summer fruit may thwart cancer


Summer is the perfect time to indulge in the delectable tropical fruit, mango (M.indica), which not only satisfies your taste buds but may also offer potential anti-cancer benefits.


A recent study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition has revealed that compounds found in mango, including those in the leaf, bark, flesh, peel, and seed, exhibit promising anti-cancer properties, targeting various types of cancers such as breast, gynecological, gastrointestinal, lung, prostate, and skin cancers. These incredible findings shed light on how mango contains powerful phytochemicals like quercetin, lupeol and mangiferin, which act as a formidable defense against cancer cells by inhibiting their growth and even inducing cancerous cell death. Moreover, the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties of these phytochemicals present in mango contribute to overall well-being and help combat free radicals.


While mangoes are undoubtedly a rich source of beneficial phytonutrients, future research is necessary to optimize their absorption in the body, as factors such as processing methods and mango varieties could play a role in how much makes it through the digestive process. More research, specifically human studies are necessary to validate these fascinating findings.


Until then, why not relish the refreshing flavors and nutritional benefits of mango. With just about 100 calories per cup, along with fiber and protein and an excellent source of Vitamins A and C, mango can be enjoyed as a guilt-free appetizer or dessert.  Embrace the summer spirit and savor the goodness of this incredible tropical fruit by visiting our Dole recipe center to find recipes like our Mango Sriracha Slaw or Sticky Rice with Bananas and Mangos. You won’t regret it!


Published August 1, 2023

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