How too much mangoes can affect your health?

Saniya Yousuf May 19 2015

When one often succumbs to over eat mangoes, it is usual that there would be side effects of it too as we all know too much consumption of anything isn’t very good for our health. Mango is the King of Fruits, mangoes are eaten ripen as dessert in different forms whereas unripe mango is consumed in the form of chutneys, pickles or as sour and sweet combo of flavoring agent. Mangoes enriched with phytochemicals and nutrients tempts us to over eat mangoes that has some side effects too.

How to find the best mangoes? Unlike many other fruits, the color of the skin isn’t necessarily an indication of how ripe a mango is. Mangoes come in a range of skin colors—including yellow, peach, red, and orange and many good ones contain some green skin, too. To have the best mango, test if the mango is ripe by pressing the skin slightly with your thumb. There should be just a little give, but not a squish. If it’s rock hard to the touch, it’s not ready to eat. Mangos can be considered ready to eat when slightly soft to the touch and yield to gentle pressure but again we all know it doesn’t look like a big deal but the effects of overeating mangoes are serious and it can impact multiple areas of our lives. While overeating is often made easy by society, the long-term costs outweigh the benefits of that extra bite, let’s find out how.

Side Effects of Overeating Mangoes:

Increases Blood Sugar Level:

Ripe mangoes are a rich source of sugar so they usually become the reason of rise in blood sugar level. Individuals suffering from diabetes are advised not to eat ripe mangoes as the fruit often becomes dangerous for them.


A mango of medium size has 3 gram of fiber in it. When you’re not able to hold your temptation over mangoes, you’re consuming excessive amount of fiber that causes diarrhea thus over eating of mangoes should be completely restrained!

Weight Gain:

It is true that mangoes are high in natural sugars containing about 31 grams per mango. They are laden with calories but they are not bad in nature. We are here talking about the excessive eating of mango that often results in weight gain. Being a rich source of sugar, it is considered bad for people on weight loss. So, if you are keen to maintain your waist line, avoid over eating of mangoes.

Allergic Reactions:

The peel of mangoes is responsible for the allergy in most occasions. The allergic reaction is not deadly, but the anaphylactic shock may occur in very few cases.

Artificial ripening is common in developing countries and practiced by farmers and sellers to fetch a good price early in the season. Ripening agents such as calcium carbide, banned in many countries, are used for artificial ripening of mangoes and other fruits that causes too much to our health.

Contact dermatitis:

Mango is known to control a chemical called urushiol. Several people are more prone to contact dermatitis that causes skin to feel burned. In sensitive individuals, urushiol can cause an allergic skin rash on contact.

Tips For Mango Intake:

The consumption of mango differs for every individual depending on their weight goals. The consumption of mango can depend on your choice of intake of calorie. Healthy ways to eat mangoes include using them in moderation in your milkshakes or smoothies, tossing them into a green salad, grilling them on the barbeque to enjoy a dessert or making them part of a main course such as mango curries. When checking for quality of mangoes, choose fruits that are ripe. Check to ensure that there is no bruising on the skin or decay of fruit. Spotted mangoes may come from trees attacked by fungus or insects. You may prefer fleshy mangoes over string ones. Stringy mangoes maybe eaten raw but you may not enjoy them in a salad or shake.

Saniya Yousuf

Saniya Yousuf:

Saniya Yousuf is a student of Media Sciences at Ziauddin University and an Internee at HTV who has a love for art and writing. With the immense love for writing, words grew from a mild interest to an integral part of what defines her.