Mangos help regulate blood sugar in obese
No question that obesity is a rising epidemic in the United States, with 12 states now reporting obesity rates of 30 percent or more, compared to just one state in 2007. So scientists continue to focus on ways to help obese people regain control over their lives and, in particular, their metabolism. The latest finding comes from Oklahoma State University, where researchers have found that mangos may help lower blood sugar in obese patients, even those who haven’t significantly changed body composition.
This study evaluated 20 obese adults over a 12-week period. The participants ate 10 grams of freeze-dried mangos every day throughout the course of the study. Despite the fact that the body measurement index (BMI) actually increased among female participants, their blood sugar levels were found to be lower after mangos were added to their diets.
Though the exact mechanism by which mangos affect blood sugar is unknown, the nutritional value is undoubted. Mangos are naturally high in prebiotic dietary fiber, vitamin C, vitamin B6 and antioxidant vitamins A and C. In addition to the effects on blood sugar, mangos have also been linked to preventing colon and breast cancers, and are proven to be effective inhibitors of prostate and skin cancers.