16 Jun 2023

5 Common Myths About Mango

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Mango has been grown and eaten in India for thousands of years. Families look forward to the summer season only to be able to eat tasty, juicy, sweet & sour mangoes.

These stone fruits aren’t just delicious but also provide various health benefits. However, people are often skeptical about eating mangoes due to the myth that they could be unhealthy and the fear of high mango calories or other misconceptions.

In this article, we’ll debunk some of the most common myths about mango, also known as the king of fruits, and explore why you can indulge in mangoes guilt-free (well, mostly!)

We’ll explore how mangoes can actually benefit your health and why you shouldn’t hesitate to savor their deliciousness come summertime.

Common myths about mango

5 Common Myths About Mango

Here are 5 common myths about mangoes that usually scare people from consuming this sweet and savory fruit. Let’s debunk them with facts:

Myth #1: Do mangoes cause weight gain?

Fact: No, mangoes can’t cause weight gain as they have zero fat as well as cholesterol. They are a good source of natural sugars (around 15 grams per 100 grams), but they are also relatively low in calories and fat-free.

🥭Pro tip: As we explained above, mangoes are among the fruits with the highest sugar content. Therefore, they must be eaten in moderation without the violation of your daily caloric intake.

If eaten in excess in addition to your normal food intake, they may cause a calorie excess leading to weight gain. However, only the consumption of mango, especially in summer and with regulation, is not related to weight gain.

Also Read: Refreshing Mango Juice - Health Benefits & Easy Recipe

Myth #2: Is mango bad for diabetes patients?

Fact: Absolutely not. In fact, mango is good for diabetic patients as it contains Vitamin C and carotenoids in abundance. Vitamin C and carotenoids help regulate blood sugar.

According to the Journal of Social Health and Diabetes, Mangoes also have a low GI (Glycemic Index) of 51 – which means that the sugars in the fruit are released slowly into the bloodstream rather than spiking your blood glucose levels drastically immediately after consumption. 

Mango is also rich in fiber, which helps aid digestion and balance the blood sugar levels in our body. It also contains a special compound known as Mangiferin which is a polyphenol that also helps in regulating blood sugar. 

However, it is important for you to exercise caution while consuming mangoes.

🥭Pro tip: We advise diabetics not to consume excessive amounts of mango at once as that might result in a sudden blood sugar spike. Different people may respond differently to foods, so it is important to be mindful of your own body type.

Consult a physician or a trained dietician if you need to!

Seasonal mango can be safe to eat if eaten in moderation - common myths about mango

Myth #3: Does mango can cause acne?

Facts: No, there’s no scientific evidence to directly link mango consumption to acne breakouts. Acne is a complex skin condition influenced by several factors, including:

  1. Hormones: Fluctuations in hormones, especially during puberty or menstruation, can trigger acne breakouts.
  2. Genetics: If acne runs in your family, you’re more likely to experience it.
  3. Bacteria: A type of bacteria called Propionibacterium acnes (C. acnes) contributes to acne development.
  4. Skincare practices: Not properly cleansing your face or using harsh products can worsen acne.

While mangoes contain natural sugars, they also boast vitamins A and C, both beneficial for skin health. Vitamin A helps regulate skin cell turnover, and vitamin C promotes collagen production, which keeps skin firm and healthy.

However, some people might experience a breakout after eating mangoes due to other factors:

  1. Individual sensitivity: Certain people may have a sensitivity to mangoes or other fruits in the Anacardiaceae family (which includes cashews and pistachios). This sensitivity can manifest as skin irritation or breakouts.
  2. Sugar intake: Consuming large amounts of sugary foods, including fruits, can contribute to acne in some individuals. Moderation is key.

🥭Pro tip: Remember, acne is a skin condition and you can prevent acne from happening if you’re eating healthy diet, keeping yourself hydrated and doing regular skincare.

Myth #4: Can mangoes cause skin rash?

Facts: While mangoes are a delicious and nutritious fruit, some individuals may experience skin irritation or rash after coming into contact with the skin or sap of the mango tree.

This condition, known as “mango dermatitis” or “mango allergy,” is primarily due to the presence of urushiol, a substance found in the sap, leaves, and skin of the mango fruit.

Urushiol is the same compound responsible for allergic reactions to poison ivy and poison oak. People who are sensitive to urushiol may develop a rash, itching, or blistering on their skin when they touch mangoes or parts of the mango tree.

However, it’s essential to note that mango dermatitis is relatively uncommon, and not everyone who touches or consumes mangoes will experience a reaction.

Additionally, the majority of mango-related skin rashes are mild and self-limiting, resolving on their own within a few days.

🥭Pro tip: If you suspect you have a mango allergy or experience severe symptoms after contact with mangoes, it’s advisable to consult a healthcare professional for proper diagnosis and treatment.

Mango don't cause acid reflux if eaten in moderation.

Myth #5: Does mango increase acid reflux?

Facts: Contrary to popular belief, mango is a non-citrus fruit, similar to strawberries, bananas, apples, and watermelon. It boasts low acidity and high fiber content, making it generally safe for consumption without triggering acid reflux.

Stomach acidity typically occurs when ingesting foods with high pH levels. Mangoes, with a pH range of 3.4-4.8, particularly ripe ones that tend to have lower acidity levels, are well-tolerated by most individuals with acid reflux.

Therefore, mangoes are unlikely to exacerbate acid reflux symptoms due to their relatively low acidity levels.

🥭Pro tip: Avoid having dried mangoes exclusively as they can have a higher acidity level due to their drying process. This concentration of acids might irritate some people’s stomachs who have GERD disease or can easily suffer from acid reflux.

Savour Sweet and Sour Mangoes with Milkbasket

Now that we’ve debunked common myths around mangoes and shown you the reality of the king of fruit, you can now order mangoes right from Milkbasket – hassle-free grocery delivery without any guilt!

Milkbasket is an online hassle-free grocery shopping app that has the best mango varieties from all over India! Download the Milkbasket app & order mango online for convenient doorstep grocery delivery.

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