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5 common myths about eating mangoes that you need to stop believing

Published on:8 June 2021, 15:38pm IST
We are busting these five myths surrounding mangoes, so that you don’t deprive yourself of their delicious taste this season.
Aayushi Gupta
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Yes, mangoes are sweet but they're safe for diabetics. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
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Don’t we all wait for summer with bated breath, so that we can get our hands on our favourite fruit, mango? Also known as the ‘king of fruits’, mangoes are known for their versatile flavours and wide variety. Besides taste, they also offer an abundance of nutrients to keep your body healthy.

We can go on and on talking about the goodness of mangoes, but guess what? Most people believe that mangoes are unhealthy. But the reality is completely different. This fruit is rich in antioxidants, vitamins, and minerals as well as carbohydrates and natural sugar. So, before you cancel these nutritious mangoes from your life, we’re busting some myths around it. 

Myth 1: Mangoes cause weight gain

Fact: Mangoes don’t promote weight gain, because they’re packed with vitamin A and C, iron, potassium, copper as well as fat-free, sodium-free, and cholesterol-free properties. The fibre content in mangoes induces a feeling of satiety, hence when eaten in moderation, mangoes can help you tuck your tummy in. 

Myth 2: Mangoes can trigger acne and pimples

Fact: A deficiency in vitamin A, antioxidants, and minerals may increase the risk of developing acne or pimples. This increases your body’s production of the protein keratin, and mango contains all these nutrients. So, say hello to good skin.

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The ‘king of fruits’ can also be the king of your summer skincare routine. Image courtesy: Shutterstock
Myth 3: Mangoes are not suitable for people with diabetes

Fact: It’s widely believed that eating mangoes is not suitable for diabetic patients. The fact is, mango is a sweet fruit but low in glycemic index (below 55), making it suitable for even those with diabetes. Consuming in moderation will not harm you. In fact, mango contains a compound known as mangiferin, an important antioxidant, which helps in regulating blood sugar levels by lowering them down a little.

Myth 4: Mangoes can raise your body temperature

Fact: If consumed in excessive amounts, then yes, mangoes tend to produce heat in the body. So, this myth isn’t entirely false. But there is a simple and traditional solution to this problem. Soak the mangoes in water for a few hours before consuming them. This technique prevents heat formation in the body.

Myth 5: Pregnant women should not eat mangoes

Fact: In pregnancy, weight gain and gestational diabetes are major issues, so if they’re facing these problems, then avoiding mangoes is a good idea. Otherwise, a small portion during daytime should not be a problem. 

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