ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Mango Health Benefits: 5 Reasons to Eat this Fruit

Updated on June 7, 2017

The sweet taste of mango is perhaps the most attractive feature of this fruit, but this fruit has multiple health benefits that make its consumption that much sweeter! They possess a number of vitamins and minerals that contribute to overall good health.

About the Mango

Mango is a tropical fruit that offers the body an array of vitamins and minerals including vitamin E, flavonoids, calcium, vitamin C, niacin, beta carotene, amino acids, iron, magnesium and potassium.

Mangoes are available in two varieties -Bright yellow or red color (India) and a pale green color (Philippines).

With less than 1 calorie of fat and 150-200 calories per fruit, mangoes can be eaten fresh or dried. There are those who might warn against consuming more than one in a single sitting due to its caloric value!

The Health Benefits of the Mango

Mango's possess a variety of health benefits including but not limited to the following:

  • Cancer Prevention: Mangoes contain antioxidants compounds that protect against breast, colon and prostate cancers.
  • Diabetes Prevention: Mangoes have a natural sugar. It contains 31 grams of sugar per mango but has a low glycemic load and therefore does not impact blood sugar.
  • Aid in Digestion: The mango contains certain enzymes which help to break down protein and are a fiber-rich fruit (4 grams) which helps to aid in promoting a sense of fullness, relieving indigestion, relieve conditions like constipation, nausea, and generally poor digestion experiences.
  • Mangoes Control Blood Pressure: For those who have high blood pressure, mangoes contain potassium and magnesium which are an excellent, natural way to control blood pressure.
  • Immune System Impact: Mangoes are a great source of vitamin C which helps the body to fight against infection and oxygen-free radicals. This action is essential for improving immunity and reducing the risk for disease.
  • Cholesterol Management: Because mangoes possess fiber, pectin and vitamin C they are said to aid in the lowering of Low-Density Lipoprotein (LDL) which is also known as the bad cholesterol.
  • Anemia: Mango is a fruit that is high in iron and can be beneficial to people suffering from anemia.
  • Other Interesting Tidbits: Mango has found to be effective in promoting concentration and memory, preventing migraine headaches, contain vitamin K and can assist in preventing bone fractures and promoting fertility in men and women.

Mango Allergies

Mango allergies exist and therefore, it is important to know if you have a mango allergy or even suffer from allergies of other plants in the mango famil. Mangoes do contain toxins that may cause skin reactions and therefore, those who consume this fruit should consider removal of the skin of the fruit.

Mango Snacks

Mango fruit are a deliciously sweet snack that can stand alone without much help, but if you're looking for additional ways to enjoy mangos, you might consider the following:

  • Mango Smoothies
  • An Additional Salsa Ingredient
  • Topping over Chicken
  • Ingredient in a Marinade

Mango Side Effects: Too Much of A Good Thing

Too many mangoes in your diet can contribute to a few unwanted side effects.

Weight Gain: Too many mangoes in your diet may contribute to weight gain thanks to it being a rich source of natural sugar.

Diarrhea: Mangoes are an excellent source of fiber. Too much fiber can cause one to experience loose stools or diarrhea.

Selecting a Good Mango at the Grocery Store

When selecting a good mango at the grocery store, you want to consider the look and smell. A good mango has a sweet, flowery smell and yields with the slightest pressure. While your mango should give with a small bit of pressure, it should not feel squishy. Also, you do not want a mango that has no give as this may be an indication that this little gem is not yet fit fo consumption! A mango that has a fermented or turpentine smell should be avoided as should any that have loose, shriveled skin.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)
    ClickscoThis is a data management platform studying reader behavior (Privacy Policy)