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National Mango Board funds studies
US: Mangoes fruit of the healthyRecent research seems to be revealing the healthy qualities of mangoes. New research, presented this week at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) meeting in San Diego, not only suggests people who eat mangos have a better diet, but the fruit also contains a substance that may have an effect on breast cancer cell proliferation.
The first study seemed to suggest that people who eat manges have a better diet than those who don't. The research was carried out by comparing the diets of over 13,000 people between 2001 and 2008. It was discovers that those who ate mango regularly generally scored higher on the Healthy Eating index than those who did not.
Mango consumption was also compared to overall nutrient intake and health. When compared to non mango consumers, those who ate mango, had, on average, higher intake of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and fibre, at the same times as a lower intake of sodium and fat. Additionally they had a lower average body weight.
"We found that adults who ate mangos tended to have a lower body weight, higher intake of fiber and lower intake of fat, all of which are associated with better cardiovascular health," stated Dr. Victor Fulgoni, of Nutrition Impact, LLC and lead researcher on this study. The National Mango Board funded this research with the goal of better understanding how mangos can promote healthy diets.
Another study concluded that Keitt mangoes contain a polyphenolic compound that is toxic to breast cancer cells. More research is needed before it can be demonstrated that consumption of fresh mango can help to achieve such an effect.
"In summary, the anti-carcinogenic and anti-inflammatory activity of mango polyphenolics in breast cancer cells were at least in part due to targeting proteins that play an important role in the survival of breast cancer cells," noted one of the study's lead researchers, Dr. Susanne Talcott. "The ability for bioactive components in mangos to reduce cancer promoting cells may be the next big thing in the battle against breast cancer, but more research is needed at this time."
According to the National Mango Board, results from both studies will help add to the existing body of evidence suggesting mangos are a nutritional powerhouse. "Mangos are not only delicious, but a nutritious way to add tropical flavour to your plate. With more than 20 vitamins, minerals and antioxidants and availability year-round, mangos are great addition to anyone's diet," stated Megan McKenna, National Mango Board's director of marketing.
Publication date: 4/24/2012
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