This is good news for mango lovers out there! According to a recent study
published in the journal Nutrition and Metabolic Insights, regular consumption of mango by obese adults may help lower blood sugar levels. This is while it does not negatively impact body weight.
The researchers are excited about the promising findings for mangoes, which contain many bio-active compounds. These includes mangiferin, an antioxidant that contributes to the beneficial effects of mango on blood glucose. Also mangoes contain fiber, which can help lower glucose absorption into the blood stream.
Participants who completed the 12-week study included 20 adults, which are composed of 11 males and 9 females, whose ages 20 to 50 years old. The Body Mass Index or BMI are 30 to 45 kg/m2. The participants were asked to maintain their usual diet, exercise routine and regimen of prescribed medications.
During the study period, the participants consumed 10 grams of freeze-dried mango daily. Their dietary intake was monitored thru 3-day food records and were assessed after 6- and 12- weeks of mango supplementation.
The results indicate that regular consumption of 10 grams of freeze-dried mango, which is equivalent to about half fresh mango or about 100 grams, may help lower blood sugar in obese individuals.
Though the study is still preliminary, there is no reason not to fill your pantry with mangoes. Remember just one sliced cup of the fruit, only contains 100 calories. It is a healthy add-on to any diet.