We already know that mangoes are a tasty tropical fruit packed with fiber but did you know that they can lower your blood sugar?
In a study led by Edralin Lucas, Ph.D., associate professor of nutritional sciences at Oklahoma State University, 20 adults (11 males and 9 females) ingested a daily dietary supplement of 10 grams of freeze dried mango (equivalent to approximately 100 grams of fresh mango) for 12 weeks. Blood sugar levels of all participants significantly declined.
Mangoes are also loaded with over 20 different vitamins and minerals like C which has long been known to enhance wound healing and immune function and A, crucial for vision and healthy skin. In addition, mangoes are rich in folate and polyphenols which help the body make blood cells and limit inflammation.
The best news is their popularity is rapidly spiking which means better quality and more choices! World per capita consumption has increased 32 percent since 2005 and total import volume for 2012 was 804 million pounds. Each year mango festivals throughout the Caribbean celebrate the fruit’s essence. One biggie happens every June at St. Lucia’s Jade Mountain Resort. This year, Chef Allen Susser will be treating guests to a mango cooking class, grove tours, and mango cocktails on the beach with the Grand Pitons towering in the distance.
Photo courtesy of Jade Mountain St. Lucia