Texas based, Agrilife Research, recently released their results on the benefits of the unassuming mango and thankfully mangos won. Kathleen Phillips reported that the food scientists at Agrilife, found mangos can be effective in preventing diseases such as breast and colon cancer without an adverse effect to healthy cells.
The study is a boon to all of the holistic health practitioners who want to convince the masses that food high in fiber, vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients prevent chronic diseases of all sorts. But are these studies necessary? It is great to see researchers considering actual foods in addressing our chronic health crises, but these results should be common sense.
Mangos differ from some of the other “super foods” that have been enjoying the spotlight such as acai, red grapes, and blueberries because the antioxidant level in mangos is not as high. That is what makes this study significant; even without the extraordinarily high antioxidant level, this fresh fruit provided health benefits.
Mangos are readily available in San Diego because of our proximity to Mexico but people in the Pacific Northwest should experience similar benefits from the apples that grow abundantly there. People flock to the health food stores to load up whenever a study like this comes out. Natural food retailers may likely sell more mangos this month even though most varieties are not in season in January. Oranges and carrots are in season.
Countless studies and antidotal stories suggest that a diet with a wide variety of fresh and healthy foods is the best approach to deciding what to eat.
More studies regarding how to make all of these health promoting foods more accessible, both geographically and economically could be an effective use of resources. When people can find four fast food restaurants closer to them than a grocery store, they are less motivated to eat a healthier food. The fast food window often provides an entire meal for the cost of one organic mango.
A new chain of small grocery stores called Fresh and Easy may begin to bridge the gap for people who need better access to fresh foods. They do not meet all of the standards that most natural health practitioners follow but it may be a start to bringing a healthier diet of various fresh foods to a wider audience of Americans.
One food will not provide you all of the complex nutrients that you need to protect your health.
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