How man­goes af­fect blood sugar and obe­sity

Daily Messenger - - National -

IS­LAM­ABAD: Orig­i­nally from South Asia, man­goes are now one of the most cul­ti­vated fruits in trop­i­cal re­gions. In re­cent years, the po­ten­tial health ben­e­fits of man­goes have been widely in­ves­ti­gated.

There are a num­ber of va­ri­eties of mango, all of which be­long to the flow­er­ing plant fam­ily Anac­ar­diaceae. Glob­ally, In­dia grows the most man­goes, pro­duc­ing more than 18 mil­lion tons per year.

Man­goes con­tain a va­ri­ety of vi­ta­mins and min­er­als, such as vi­ta­min C, A, E, K, and a range of B vita- mins. Other con­stituents in­clude polyphe­nols, triter­pene, and lu­peol, which can ben­e­fit our health by pro­vid­ing an­tiox­i­dant and an­ti­in­flam­ma­tory prop­er­ties.

In this ar­ti­cle, we will dis­cuss some of the re­cent find­ings re­gard­ing man­goes and their ef­fects on blood sugar, choles­terol, obe­sity, and di­a­betes.

Fast facts on man­goes Here are some key points about man­goes. More de­tail and sup­port­ing in­for­ma­tion is in the main ar­ti­cle.

• Some ev­i­dence sug­gests that mango con- sump­tion can help reg­u­late blood sugar

• Man­goes con­tain a range of vi­ta­mins, in­clud­ing B vi­ta­mins

• In South Asia, man­goes have been cul­ti­vated for thou­sands of years

• Man­goes are rel­a­tively high in car­bo­hy­drate Man­goes and choles­terol Man­goes are de­li­cious, nu­tri­tious, and might lower choles­terol.

High choles­terol lev­els can be dan­ger­ous. If it builds up, choles­terol can block the ar­ter­ies, po­ten­tially lead­ing to heart dis­ease, stroke, or heart at­tack.

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