Nutritional Quality of Mangifera Species

  • Luis M. Anaya-Esparza
  • Efigenia Montalvo-GonzálezEmail author
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Mango is known as the king of the fruits; its nutritional importance, unique flavor, and delicious taste impart this status as super fruit. Furthermore, it is commercially cultivated in different tropical and subtropical areas in the world. Mangifera indica is the most important fruit of this genus; over 60 different species of edible mangoes are grown worldwide; however, the most of them are not marketable and underutilized and commonly are denominated as wild mango species, but they exhibit higher nutritional values. Mango species present morphological, physiological, sensorial, and nutritional differences among them. However, most of Mangifera species are characterized by their strong aroma, intense peel coloration, attractive fragrance, and delicious taste. Also, mango fruit is considered very healthy, good source of energy, and easily digestible.

Mango pulp and peel are a good source of carbohydrates, dietary fiber, vitamins (B, C, and E), minerals (Ca, P, Fe, Na, and K), and bioactive compounds (polyphenolic compounds, flavonoids, mangiferin, lupeol, and carotenoids). Most of Mangifera species have good nutrimental quality; their consumption may contribute nutrition. In general, the commercially (M. indica) and wild mango species can be considered for many purposes including for processing and for consumption because mango may be considered an excellent source for improving nutrition. However, enhanced knowledge of the status of such species and information on their health benefits is critical in efforts to promote these valuables mango species.


Mangifera species Wild mango Nutritional quality Bioactive compounds Health benefits 



Ascorbic acid


Dietary fiber


Dietary reference intake


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Insoluble dietary fiber


Soluble dietary fiber


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Total dietary fiber


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luis M. Anaya-Esparza
    • 1
    • 2
  • Efigenia Montalvo-González
    • 2
    Email author
  1. 1.Laboratorio de Microbiología de Alimentos, Departamento de Ciencias Pecuarias y AgrícolasUniversidad de Guadalajara, Centro Universitario de los AltosTepatitlán de MorelosMexico
  2. 2.Laboratorio Integral de Investigación en AlimentosInstituto Tecnológico de TepicTepicMexico

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