Luscious and sweet, mango is known as the “the king of fruit.” Biting into the tropical fruit can feel like pure bliss, so much so that you may wonder if something so delicious and decadent can actually be good for you. The answer is a resounding “yes.” Although they’re high in sugar (one cup contains about 25 grams of carb and 100 calories), mangoes offer some pretty impressive perks. Here are five benefits of mango, along with some simple ways to enjoy the juicy gem.
Mangoes may protect against cancer
The fruit packs over a dozen types of polyphenols. These plant compounds have antioxidant activity that shields cells from the DNA damage that can lead to degenerative diseases, including type 2 diabetes and cancer. (In research done on animals, mango antioxidants actually suppressed the growth of breast cancer cells.)
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They boost the immune system
One cup of mango provides about a quarter of the daily target for vitamin A, a nutrient that’s essential for proper functioning of the immune system (including the production and activity of white blood cells). Not getting enough of the vitamin is associated with a greater susceptibility to infections.