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Mangoes for Metabolism

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Have Inflammation, Diabetes? Eat a Mango (or Two)!

Mangoes provide anti-inflammatory benefits to protect against metabolic disease giving us another reason to enjoy a mango this summer!

 

Polyphenols, which are phytochemicals, are good for you and protect your health. Texas A&M University looked at these properties in mangoes, and as a result, mangoes have even more claim to fame. In their studies, lean and obese individuals were given 400 grams of mango for six weeks. As a result, the lean individuals decreased their blood pressure while the obese subjects improved their hemoglobin A1c, ultimately lowering their risk of diabetes. In addition, gut bacteria was also positively affected by those who consumed 400 grams of mango pulp for six weeks in a separate study, yielding findings that indicate improved absorption and metabolism. This also led to discovering mango’s ability in reducing obesity-induced inflammation.

 

Chronic inflammation underlies many diseases but with findings like these, it creates promise to overcoming such barriers by simply adding a fruit to your diet. Inflammation is silently causing an epidemic in itself, as it usually does not present any issues until too late. One of the best things we can do for inflammation, is consume phytochemicals. Mangoes also contain antioxidants that allow protection against cellular damage and the effects of aging, rounding out this superfood.

 

Whether on a salad, in a dressing, part of a chutney, salsa, or simply as is, mango is worth consuming daily. You’ll get fiber, vitamin C, carotenoids and anti-inflammatory properties. Bonus points for mango previously showcasing its ability to fight fat as well.

Add some mango to your next meal with this recipe for Festive Fruit Salad.  It’s the perfect addition to any picnic!

Published July 1, 2017

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