Researchers at University of Queensland have revealed that eating the skins of two of the common varieties of mangos could be effective in the fight against excess fat.
The researchers found that the peel extracts of Irwin and Nam Doc Mai varieties contained compounds that inhibited adipogenesis, which is the process of storing of fat cells. The researchers also found that the peel extracts of another variety, Kensington Pride, promoted adipogenesis.
Lead researcher Professor Greg Monteith said that more study is needed to identify which molecules helped in fighting storage of fat. "A complex interplay of bioactive compounds unique to each peel extract is likely responsible for the difference, rather than just a single component", Monteith said.