If you're planning to lose weight, try to eat mangoes, but do not forget to eat the skin. A latest study claims that eating mango skin can protect against obesity.
In its findings, Australian researchers found that the skin of two mango varieties which are common, namely a mango 'Irwin' and mango "Nam Dok Mai ', containing a high concentration of bioactive that can inhibit the development of human fat cells.
"We know that the mango has many excellent nutritional properties, but need more work to be done to understand the complex natural compound found in mangoes and other fruits," said the researchers, Professor Mike Gidley of the Queensland Alliance.
Gidley said the findings were not bizarre, because the outer skin of the fruit does have a chemical composition very different from the flesh of the fruit.
"More detailed chemical analysis of the skin and the meat is very valuable for the mango growers and processors, who are always looking for new ways to add a list of other benefits of mangoes," he added.
In his study, researchers analyzed the chemical components of fruit with methanol extract of the skin and flesh, of the three types of mangoes, like Irwin, Nam Dok Mai and Kensington Pride.
Results of analysis is known that the skin extract of Kensington Pride mango species can promote adipogenesis or fat-storing cells, rather than the other two types of mangoes. While this type of Irwin mango and Nam Dok Mai actually able to significantly inhibit adipogenesis (the initial process of fat cells turn into mature fat cells).
But the similarities, extract the meat from the three types of mango mangoes are equally unable to inhibit fat storage.
Professor Greg Monteith from the University of Queensland School of Pharmacy said, there are many reasons why the skin of mangoes has the ability to scrape the fat, while the flesh is not.
"A complex interaction of unique bioactive compounds in mango bark extract may be responsible for this, not because a single component in it," said Monteith.
The findings are published in the journal Food & Function. Investigators suggest, their findings can help manufacturers develop varieties of mangoes that are actively helping to reduce obesity.
"Obesity is associated with many chronic disease conditions such as diabetes mellitus, coronary disease and certain cancers such as breast and colon. There is growing evidence linking the role of phytochemical compounds in the inhibition of adipogenesis, and protection against obesity," explained the researchers.
"These results suggest that differences in composition between the cultivars of mango phytochemicals can affect their effectiveness in inhibiting adipogenesis and switch target of mango skin as a potential source of nutraceuticals (foods that provide health benefits)," the researchers concluded.