Eat Mangos to Feel Healthier and Look Younger
by Leann Harms, Copy ChiefWe’ve often heard the adage that you are what you eat and, according to a recent study, those who eat mangos may be as healthy as the nutrient-dense fruit itself. New research, comparing the diets of more than 13,000 participants, indicated that those who regularly consumed mangos scored higher on the Healthy Eating Index (HEI), a quantitative measure of diet quality relative to federal dietary guidelines, than those who didn’t. Translation: Those who have made mangos a dietary staple tend to have an overall healthier diet than those who haven’t.
Considering each one-cup serving of mangos contains 100 percent of the daily recommendation of vitamin C, it’s no surprise that mango eaters were found to have a significant intake of this essential vitamin, which helps boost immune function and collagen production (a bonus since boosting collagen helps us look younger and more beautiful). But researchers also discovered that this group had a lower average body weight in addition to a lower intake of sodium and total fat. Healthier intakes of magnesium, potassium and dietary fiber were also among the benefits associated with mango consumption.
So between the extra vitamin C and fiber, and the lower body weight, I’m thinking eating mangos is a habit I could definitely get into. And for those who aren’t ready to make mangos a part of their daily menu, it might not be such a bad idea to at least consider this deliciously sweet fruit as an alternative to the sugary snacks you might otherwise reach for next time you’re craving something sweet.