Can You Eat Mango Skin?

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Obi Obadike

Obi Obadike

Celebrity Fitness & Nutrition Expert, CFT, SFN, M.S. Founder & CEO – Ethical Inc.
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Can you eat mango skin? The skin in mango contains a lot of important nutrients such as Vitamin E, Vitamin C, polyphenols, carotenoids, and dietary fiber as well as other important plant compounds.

And the skin also contains triterpenes and triterpenoids. Research studies show that a healthy diet that is high in Vitamin C, polyphenols, carotenoids can lower the risk of heart disease, cancer, and cognitive decline.

One of the negative things about eating mango skin is the potential pesticide residue on the skin. There are plenty of fruits and vegetables that are treated with pesticides to fight bacterial infection and insects that can damage crops. So, a high amount of pesticide exposure can lead to potential health issues such as damage to the endocrine system, potential reproductive problems, and a high risk of different types of cancers.

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Here are the nutrition facts of one mango:

  • 107 calories
  • 3 grams of fiber
  • 1 gram of protein
  • 25% percent of the daily value of Vitamin A
  • 76% of the daily value of Vitamin C
  • 257 mg of potassium
  • 0.2 mg of Vitamin B6

Some of health benefits of consuming Vitamin A from a mango is eyes, skin, bones, as well as improving the health of the reproductive and immune system, etc. The Vitamin C health benefits from eating mangos helps with improving the immune system, plays a role in muscle, tendon, and bone growth.

The skin in mangos is high in fiber which helps with weight management control.  There was an animal study that showed that eating mango decreased tumor size and suppressed cancer growth.

There are research studies that have shown that eating mangos can improve digestion and chronic constipation. Mangos is considered one of the sweetest fruits and the U.S Department of Agriculture recommends that adults should eat 1 ½ cup to 2 cups of fruit per day stay healthy.

The Bottom Line is eating mango skin is very healthy because of the fiber, carotenoid, and polyphenols content of it.

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