Secret Side Effects of Eating Mango

If you grew up eating mango or found it later in life, every bite is a treat. Mangoes are rich in nutrients, but a trained dietician warns of potential drawbacks.

Registered dietitian nutritionist Dina R. D'Alessandro, MS, RDN, CDN, lectures at City University of New York's Herbert H. Lehman College. 

Start with the fact that mangoes are healthy. When you buy one, D'Alessandro says you're buying a "overall nutrient-dense food" with phytonutrients

Cutting into this tasty stone fruit provides a lot of potassium. D'Alessandro says the mango is a "potassium-rich food" to "help offset high-sodium

Not everyone can eat mangoes. A synthetic material sensitivity may also affect mango. D'Alessandro warns latex-allergic people.

Since mango is primarily carbs, D'Alessandro thinks it can raise blood sugar. "Even natural fruit sugars may act like refined sugar in large amounts," adds.

"Excess consumption of mango might cause some GI distress since it's high in fermentable carbohydrates," D'Alessandro. With irritable bowel syndrome 

D'Alessandro notes that mango may assist GI issues in some circumstances. "Mango has been shown to reduce diarrhea," D'Alessandro explains.

According to D'Alessandro, mango contains vitamin A for skin and eye health and vitamin C "for cell protection and to help increase iron

Yes, mangoes are high in sugar, but D'Alessandro thinks they're helpful for weight loss provided you watch your portion size. Mango has 70 calories per cup