Mangoes and Green Bananas to Prevent Colon Cancer

Two flavored fruits, researchers in Mexico have highlighted the properties of green mangoes and bananas in the prevention of colon cancer.

Mango and Bananas Help Prevent Colon Cancer

Mangoes and green bananas have properties to help prevent colon cancer, according to researchers at Mexico's National Polytechnic Institute (IPN).

These are undoubtedly two fruits with many flavors and great properties, according to the study conducted at the Center for Development of Biotic Products, was found that green mangoes and bananas are a source of starch resistant and function as dietary fiber.

Luis Arturo Bello Perez, who led the research, explained that starch is the main polysaccharide, which when completely disorganized by cooking is hydrolyzed by digestive enzymes to become glucose, which increases the content of this carbohydrate in the blood.

The scientist explained that there is a great variety of cereals, particularly corn, wheat, rice, and some roots and tubers, such as potato, yucca, sweet potato and taro, from which starches used in the food industry are extracted.

However, the study found that mangoes and bananas that are not fully ripe contain a greater amount of resistant starch.

Mangoes and Green Bananas to Prevent Colon Cancer

He asserted that in this phase, starch has physiological benefits as a regulator of blood cholesterol and as a contribution of calories necessary for diabetics without exceeding blood sugar.

However, the main quality is that it becomes a protector of the cells that cover the colon and when it reaches the large intestine is fermented by the microbiota, which produces butyrate, a short-chain fatty acid.

The butyrate has anti-inflammatory properties, while providing enough energy for the cells that line the colon, so the greater the presence of this fatty acid there is a better protective effect, particularly in the processes of inflammation of this organ, the researcher abounded.

According to health authorities, in Mexico are diagnosed about 15,000 cases of this type of cancer a year, as well as more than 6,500 patients who lose their lives.

The researcher said it is important to evaluate the methods of processing, storage and production of these fruits to have a higher quality sensory, nutritional and functional.

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Derived from the result of his research, Bello Perez has proposed to grant the quality of nutraceuticals (products from foods with nutritional and functional characteristics positive for the body) to resistant starch.

This is because its consumption produces beneficial effects on health, in addition to being of great help in the prevention of obesity and overweight, which are the origin of major global health problems such as cardiovascular disease or diabetes.

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