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What Happens If You Eat Too Many Mangoes?

By Suryasis Paul

It is the season of mangoes. Mango trees produce fruits from January-June. They are 100% pure fruits, which you can take at any time. It is called the 'King of Fruits' and there are good reasons why.

However, eating excess of mangoes can have its share of side effects as well. To know more, continue reading.

Mangoes belong to the family of "Anacardiaceae" and are scientifically called "Mangifera indica".Mangoes are laden with various vitamins and minerals. In addition, if you want to know benefits of eating raw mangoes then click here.

It is a rich source of Vitamin C, which aids the immune system of our body. Although mangoes have several health benefits, like keeping cholesterol in check, increasing fertility, etc., excessive consumption of this delicious food cannot be advocated.

And there are reasons for the same. To know all about how excess consumption of mangoes can affect health, read below.


1. Weight Gain:

A medium-sized ripe mango has about 135 calories. Eating too many mangoes can prevent you from being in caloric deficit, thus impeding your weight loss journey. The timing of your consumption is as important as the amount of consumption.

Having mangoes 30 minutes prior to your workout sessions can actually be beneficial, as it would give you the required amount of energy for an intense weight-lifting session.


2. Increases Your Blood Sugar Levels:

Mangoes have a huge quantity of fruit sugar (fructose), which is responsible for its sweetness. An excessive consumption of this sugar will lead to increased sugar levels and unwanted insulin spikes in the body.


3. Artificially Ripened Mangoes:

Some mango dealers use calcium carbide to make mangoes ripen faster. This substance can cause health problems and may be potentially carcinogenic. Ill effects of calcium carbide may include a tingling sensation, numbness and peripheral neuropathy.


4. Gastrointestinal Problems:

Excessive consumption of mangoes, especially unripe mangoes, can be a cause of gastrointestinal problems like indigestion. So, one should avoid excessive consumption of raw mangoes.


5. Irritation:

The mango sap which oozes out of ripe mangoes is a potent irritant and may cause irritation in the throat. Moreover, one must never drink cold water after having mangoes because cold water causes coagulation of the sap, leading to further irritation.


6. "Mango Mouth":

Some individuals may suffer from a condition called 'mango mouth'. Symptoms include itchiness, swelling, and blisters around the mouth, lips and tip of the tongue. Usually, the symptoms may occur in sensitized individuals eating raw mangoes. Consumption of raw mangoes must be kept to a minimum.


7. Salmonella Infection:

Salmonella Serotype Newport (SN) infections were reported in the United States during 1999 and fresh produce of mango was reported to be the cause of salmonellasis.

Seventy-eight patients from 13 states were infected with the outbreak strain. Fifteen patients were hospitalized; 2 died. Among 28 patients enrolled in the matched case-control study, 14 (50%) reported they ate mangoes in the 5 days before illness onset.


8. Not Good For People With Arthritis:

People suffering from diseases like arthritis, sinusitis, etc., must keep the consumption of mangoes to a minimum. The consumption of mangoes raw, ripe or juiced can cause aggravation.


9. Having Mangoes In The Form Of Fruit Juice:

Having mangoes in the form of fruit juice can be potentially harmful to your health. Having mango juice removes the fibre content in mangoes and thus deprives us of some of its health benefits.

Moreover, having mangoes with added sugar provides empty calories, which nullifies its nutritional value. And, empty calories can lead to rapid weight gain. So, it is advisable that one should have mangoes and not mango juice. Further, if one wants to have mango juice, he/she must ensure that there is no added sugar.


10. Allergic Reactions:

There are some allergies that are associated with eating mangoes which often appear in individuals sensitive to the fruit. The symptoms may vary from watery eyes, runny nose, breathing problems, abdominal pain, sneezing and even shock in extreme cases.

Thus, it is very evident that though mango is laden with immense health benefits, one must exercise caution while consuming it. One must not consume it in excessive amounts and one should refrain from eating raw and artificially ripened mangoes.

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