UQ Scientists Target Mango Skin for Fat ReductionFriday, June 01, 2012
The skin of two common mango varieties contains high levels of bioactives that inhibit human fat cell development, according to a new University of Queensland study. The collaborative study conducted by the University`s School of Pharmacy and the Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (QAAFI) examined three mango varieties. The researchers found that the chemical composition of the mango peel is very different from the flesh, as is common in many fruits and vegetables. “We know mangoes have many excellent nutritional properties, but more work needs to done to understand the complex natural compounds found in these and other fruits,” says QAAFI`s Mike Gidley. “This research reminds us that we should be looking at the whole fruit when considering how to take advantage of natural goodness." They found that the peels of the "Irwin" and "Nam Doc Mai" mangoes had high concentrations of bioactives known to inhibit the development of human fat cells. The research may be useful in helping growers breed mango varieties that can help fight obesity.