• Reduce Blood Sugar: Eating Mangoes

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    By consuming just 10 grams of mangoes daily you can help manage your high blood sugar, particularly in obese people, a new study has found. Researchers have found that regular consumption of mango by obese adults may lower blood sugar levels and does not negatively impact body weight.

    The 12-week study involved 20 adult participants (11 males and 9 females) aged between 20 and 50 years. During the study period, participants had to consume 10 g of freeze-dried mangoes every day. Their dietary intake was carefully monitored through 3-day food records assessed at baseline and after 6- and 12- weeks of mango supplementation. The results found that participants, both males and females, had lowered blood glucose level after a period of 12 weeks. However, there were no changes in their overall body weight, hip or waist circumference, waist to hip ratio, percent fat mass and lean mass. Hip circumference was significantly lower in males but not females. BMI tended to be higher in females but not males after mango supplementation, although these results were not statistically significant, the researchers said. Overall and by gender, there were no significant changes in triglycerides, HDL-cholesterol, or blood pressure.

    This pilot study was designed to investigate the effects of mango consumption on anthropometric measurements, biochemical parameters, and body composition in obese adults. Participants completing the 12-week study included 20 adults (11 men and 9 women) ages 20 to 50 years old with a Body Mass Index (BMI) of 30 to 45.

    The study subjects were asked to maintain their usual diet, exercise habits, and regimen of regularly prescribed medications but each day they consumed 10 g of freeze-dried mango, and dietary intake was monitored via 3-day food records assessed at the beginning of the study and after 6- and 12- weeks of mango ‘supplementation’.

    Height, weight, and circumference of waist and hip were measured at the beginning of the study and after 6- and 12- weeks. Body composition and blood analyses of fasting blood triglyceride, HDL-cholesterol, glucose, haemoglobin A1c, and plasma insulin concentration were also evaluated.

    Reduced blood glucose levels

    The researchers found …

    Results from this present study could have been influenced by a number of factors including the small sample size, lack of a control group, duration of mango supplementation, inaccurate self-reporting of dietary intake and physical activity level by study subjects, or from lack of compliance with daily mango supplementation as part of the study protocol. Additional human studies with larger sample sizes and of longer duration of mango supplementation should be conducted.

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