Did you know mangos are great even for those with diabetes? Why you ask? Isn’t it too sweet for diabetics?
Just because mangos are higher in natural sugars than many other fruits, that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t eat mangoes, even if you or your loved one is diabetic. In fact, studies indicate that eating mangoes can help prevent diabetes and help prevent the complications that seem to come with diabetes.
But how? Mangos contain a relatively unknown substance called mangiferin making this fruit a healthy choice for diabetics. See below to find out how!
But first, let’s take note on how mangos are great for everyone! This beautiful fruit is loaded with anti-oxidants and vitamins—especially A, C, E, K and B complex vitamins. Mangos are also high in fiber and contain calcium, potassium and copper. Even though they are low in fat, they contain those all important omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids.
Now, about mangiferin. While it may not be a common component of mangoes, mangiferin’s benefits are many. This substance is known to have anti-inflammatory and anti-viral activities, which is important for all-around health. But, more importantly, especially for diabetics, mangiferin is known to help control and even lower blood sugar levels as well as help stabilize and support blood vessels. Mangiferin may very well work via the same types of cell receptors that the diabetic medication glitazones do. Amazing, right?! But there’s more …
Recent research has indicated that mangiferin may also affect certain enzymes that can positively influence the metabolism of blood sugars and to protect against fatty deposits in the liver. Did you know that our liver has over 500 functions in our bodies?
It’s no wonder, mangoes are a healthy fruit choice! 🧡 🥭 💛 As long as you continue to keep track of your total daily carbohydrate, having some mango is absolutely a good idea.
Serve them diced or juice them or add to a smoothie. You may also want to mix them into fruit salads, chia puddings or make a fruit bar.
For more information visit: https://www.thediabetescouncil.com/amazing-benefits-of-mangoes-for-diabetes/