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Since 2006, the NMB has been working with nutrition researchers to better understand the compounds found in mangos, and how they will impact various conditions in the human body. The first phase included an assessment of the phytonutrient content of mangos. Next were cell studies and animal studies to test hypotheses. Now, the NMB is conducting the critical human studies, which are necessary for developing credible health and nutrition messages for mangos. Currently, the NMB has engaged researchers to conduct human studies to understand mango’s impact on:
- Colon Cancer
The NMB recently began conducting the NHANES study, which is designed to assess the health and nutritional status of adults and children in the United States regarding mango consumption. The study is also geared to provide insights to direct nutrition research strategy, enhance existing nutrition messages and generate communications opportunities via conference presentations, journal publication, news releases, etc. The outcomes of the NHANES study can be used to generate hypotheses and act as a bridge for further research in a specific area of interest or for pursuing clinical trials to determine cause and effect.
All nutrition studies funded by the NMB use mangos that are readily available to U.S. consumers, meaning that common varieties and hot water treated mangos are used.
The discovery of new, positive health benefits from eating mangos could have a major impact on future mango sales. In this age of health-conscious consumers, nutrition messages are extremely powerful as a marketing tool. Consumers are hungry for news about how to stay healthier longer. Combined with the delicious flavor of mangos, nutrition messages may be a big win for the mango industry.
Check out the related research links below for the latest results from the NMB’s nutrition research program. For each project, a detailed project report is posted, along with an easy-to-read executive summary.