We all know that fruits are the best food that can provide us with healthy sugar and plenty of energy.
This is the one source of sugar that shouldn’t be avoided even when on a weight loss diet.
I have to admit that I don’t have enough servings of fruits as I should but whenever I have an apple, a mango or any other fruit I don’t know whether I should peel it off or not.
Is the fruit peel good or not for our health?
To find the answer to this question I did a little bit of research and I came across a very interesting study about the mango skin. Most people peel this fruit and throw the skin away. Well, this seems to be a very big mistake since mango peel is not only an edible part of the fruit, but it also has many nutritive properties.
If the mango pulp contains many nutrients and vitamins, the skin is also very nutritive and contains many phytonutrients. Some of the most important ones are the polyphenols and carotenoids which are pigment antioxidants, and two of the healthy fatty acids: Omega 3 and Omega 6.
The list of antioxidants and chemicals with benefic properties of the mango skin is very long and includes lutein, alpha and beta carotene, caffeic acid, gallic acid, tannins, quercetin and so on. All these are excellent antioxidants that can also be found in other fruits too. However, mango peel has two antioxidants that are unique: mangiferin and xanthonoid.
Well, coming back to the study that drew my attention, some of these chemicals found in the mango skin seem to have anti cancer properties. The research is still ongoing, but there have been proofs that cancer can be fought with natural weapons. Through a process called fragrance extraction scientists managed to produce the ethanolic extract of mango peel. It has been proved that some of the compounds of this ethanolic extract can actually kill the cancer cells giving people hope in their fight against this horrible disease.
There is though one thing you should consider before eating mango skin – you might be allergic to it. It seems that the peel contains a substance called urushiol, chemical that is also found in the poison ivy too and is responsible for the rash it gives some people. The concentration in the mango skin is much smaller than in the poison ivy, but still there are some who cannot tolerate it.
Tip: try the raw mango skin first to see if you like how it tastes. Some people like the rip one too, but it may be a little bit thicker and bitter than the raw one.
Overall, if you are not allergic to urushiol, mango skin can help you stay healthy and have plenty of energy even when on a diet.
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