Mangoes help fight obesity and diabetes, according to research
EATING mangoes can ward off obesity and diabetes, research claims.
The superfood boosts gut bacteria that help to combat the conditions, according to new research.
In experiments, scientists observed that feeding mice mango prevented the loss of bugs caused by a high-fat diet.
It is believed specific bacteria in the intestinal tract play a role in obesity and related health conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes.
The finding, published in the Journal of Nutrition, adds to evidence of the benefits of the tropical fruit, which is native to southern Asia.
Mangoes are found to be rich in fibre, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, along with fat-busting plant chemicals.
Previous research has shown that eating them can combat cancer.
Nutritionist Professor Edralin Lucas, of Oklahoma State University, said: “The results of this animal study showed adding mango to the diet may help maintain and regulate gut health and levels of beneficial bacteria.
“Further research is necessary to see if these study results can be replicated in humans.”
The study was partly supported by the US National Mango Board.
Go to www.mango.org to learn more about the superfood, including how to choose and cut a mango.
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