Fresh Mangos Promote Better Health

Two studies were presented at the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB) meeting in San Diego where research findings indicate not only 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.

One of the studies, presented at the meeting suggests that individuals who consume mangos tend to have a better diet than consumers who do not. The researchers compared the diets of over 13,000 individuals participating in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) between 2001 and 2008 to the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), a quantitative measure of diet quality relative to federal dietary guidance. They found that those who regularly ate mangos scored higher on the HEI than those who did not.
Mango consumption was also compared to overall nutrient intake and physical health. Compared to non-mango consumers, mango consumers had, on average, significantly increased intake of vitamin C, magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber, while having lower intake of sodium and total fat. In addition, they had a lower average body weight. 
Another study presented at FASEB conducted by researchers at Texas A&M University discovered that a polyphenolic compound found in Keitt mangos may be toxic to breast cancer cells. The study, done in vitro (in cells) and in mice, found decreased proliferation of breast cancer cells treated with the polyphenolic extract, and reduced tumor size and weight in mice. Though more research is needed, including human clinical trials, researchers hypothesize that the effects of the polyphenolic extract might extend to the consumption of fresh mango.
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