Dieters have long thought that grapefruit and pineapple can magically help them lose weight.

Well, now there is another fruit to add to the mix, with scientists claiming mangoes may also be able to help stop obesity and type 2 diabetes.

The superfood is found to boost gut bacteria, which can also fight off the conditions.

The study also found eating the fruit can also prevent the loss of beneficial gut bacteria, which can be caused by a high-fat diet.

Researchers have said the specific bacteria in the intestinal tract might play a role in obesity and obesity-related complications, such as type 2 diabetes.

The study was done at Oklahoma State University, where 60 mice were put in four dietary treatment groups for 12 weeks.

It included a group where 10 percent of calories were from fat, a high fat group, where 60 percent of calories were from fat or a high-fat diet where one of 10 per cent of it was mango.


The high fat diets had similar macronutrient, calcium, phosphorus, and fibre content.

When samples were compared from the beginning to the end of the study period, those who were supplemented with mango lost the least beneficial gut bacteria that is introduced by a high-fat diet.

‘Mango is a good source of fibre and has been reported in previous studies to have anti-obesogenic, hypoglycemic and immunomodulatory properties,’ said Professor Edralin Lucas

‘The results of this animal study showed that adding mango to the diet may help maintain and regulate gut health and levels of beneficial bacteria levels.’

The research was published in the Journal of Nutrition as was commissioned by the National Mango Board in the USA.

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