Mangoes can be injurious to your health!

Surprised? It’s true. Four years ago, during a good mango season, we gorged on the delicious fruit. I think we were having a giant Banaganpalli mango each after every meal other than breakfast. After the season was over, and we stopped eating mangoes, I discovered that I was quite light headed between meals. Then it got worse, I would loose my balance when walking or if I stood up suddenly. This used to happen at about 11 AM or 4 PM. A visit to the doctor revealed the cause- I had hypoglycaemia, a pre-diabetic state. The tremendous intake of sugar during the mango season (in the fruit) had, apparently caused my body to produce more insulin, and when the mangoes ceased, the body continued to produce the high levels of insulin so that the blood sugar was broken down rapidly, leaving it at a level below normal. Therefore the light headedness, loss of balance etc. The solution? One had to exercise regularly (which I was used to doing), and ‘graze’- eat light snacks between meals, which also had to have complex carbohydrates like chappathis as opposed to rice. I was able to stave off diabetes by following this advice religiously. The combination of rice and mangoes is particularly harmful, as both are highly glycaemic, that is, they both result in high levels of blood sugar. Its no wonder that such a high percentage of us, some 30%, are diabetic. Well there, now you’ve been warned. Enjoy the mango season, but in moderation. Especially if you’re over 35 years of age!

4 Comments so far

  1. tsk tsk (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 9:15 am

    If you have regular excercise, and can cut down on tobacco you are A.OK for life!

    All this other advice will unnecesarily lead to Hypochondria.

  2. Ravi (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 8:07 pm

    I second TSK TSK. Mangoes are seasonal and if you cant enjoy them, what’s the point. I seriously believe that proper and regular exercise would be better and healthy that restriction.

  3. kst kst (unregistered) on June 14th, 2007 @ 8:12 pm

    @TSK TSK

    I am amazed at your ability to expose your ignorance in a single line.

    DA is correct in his recommendation for good health

  4. Thad E. Ginathom (unregistered) on June 16th, 2007 @ 6:13 pm

    If one mango a day, even a large one, can make you ill, then there is something wrong with your body, surely? Or you should look elsewhere for the problem.

    After all, we are for ever being advised to eat more fruit and vegetables!

    How many mangos would it take to come even close to the amount of sugar most of us chai drinkers consume in our tea?

    How many mangoes would equal the amount of sugar in a bar of chocolate?

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