While they’re one of the most popular fruits in the world, mangoes are still considered exotic in the US. If you’re unfamiliar with all this fruit has to offer, read on to learn 6 surprising facts that might make you mad for mangoes.
1. Mangoes may help whittle your middle.
They may seem more like a decadent dessert than a healthy fruit, but mangoes are diet-friendly. Because they’re naturally sweet, eating them can help quash your cravings for candy or other sugary foods. A one-cup serving of fresh mango has 100 calories, and because that same serving has three grams of filling fiber, you’ll feel fuller on fewer calories. In fact, mangoes are 83% water by weight, and research from Penn State University has shown that eating foods that have a high water content (and lower energy density) help to keep you fuller while eating less. In fact, one of their studies found that eating a piece of fruit before a meal reduced the calories consumed at that meal by 15 percent.
2. They pack a powerful nutrition punch.
Bursting with over 20 vitamins and minerals, mangoes are loaded with good nutrition and health benefits. Just one cup provides 100% of our daily vitamin C needs, helping to strengthen our immune system, keep our teeth and gums healthy, and support collagen formation–hello, beautiful skin! Mangoes are also rich in fiber, a nutrient that helps you to fill up—not weigh you down.
3. Mangoes may temper inflammation.
Mangoes contain several anti-inflammatory compounds, including vitamin C and beta carotene. And a recent study published in the journal of Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, found that mango has the potential to enhance the diet as a source of gallic acid and gallotannins which may possess anti-inflammatory and anti-carcinogenic properties.