Research Suggests Mango Consumption Linked to Improved Diets
The Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences published research linking mango consumption to a better diet quality and nutrition intake in adults and children. This research, funded in part by the National Mango Board (NMB), suggests that consumption of mangos in adults is associated with an overall better diet, higher intake of whole fruit and nutrients like dietary fiber and potassium. There was also a correlation with lower body weight and lower levels of C-reactive protein, a measure of inflammation that may be associated with cardiovascular risk.
Mango consumption associated with a healthier diet
The study published in the Journal of Nutrition and Food Sciences suggests that adults who consume mangos tend to have a higher intake of certain nutrients like potassium and dietary fiber than those who do not eat mango. The researchers compared the diets of more than 29,000 children and adults participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2001 and 2008 and used the Healthy Eating Index (HEI) to determine diet quality relative to federal dietary guidance.
The researchers found those that ate mangos scored higher on the HEI than those that did not. Compared to non-mango consumers, mango eaters, on average, had higher intakes of whole fruit, vitamins C, potassium, and dietary fiber (in adults only) while having lower intakes of added sugars, saturated fat (in adults only) and sodium (in adults only).
Additionally, lower levels of C-reactive protein were found in adult mango-consumers. C-reactive protein is a marker of inflammation and it has been suggested that high levels of it in the blood may be linked to increased risk for heart disease.
“Overall, the results found in this study show that people who consume mangos tended to have better intake of nutrients like potassium, vitamin C, and dietary fiber, contributing to better overall diet quality than those who do not,” explained Dr. Victor Fulgoni III of Nutrition Impact, LLC. “This research also underscores the importance of helping individuals identify fruits such as mangos that can be readily incorporated into their diets for greater variety.”
According to the National Mango Board, results from this published research will help add to the existing body of evidence suggesting mangos are a nutritional powerhouse. “Mangos are by far one of the tastiest ways to consume more than 20 vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants all in one bite. With such great flavor and nutritional benefits, mangos are clearly a smart addition to anyone's diet,” said Megan McKenna, National Mango Board’s director of marketing.
For more information about fresh mango varieties and availability, storage, handling tips, recipes and nutrition, visit www.mango.org.