Most often than not, mango peels ain’t taken and mothers would even prevent their kids from taking it. It’s generally regarded as waste and is either discarded, served to domestic animals or used as manure. However, scientific research have established the “waste” in the form of mango peels contain high levels of dietary fibre, minerals, vitamins, other natural chemicals (magniferin, kaempferol, anthocyanins, quercetin) that significantly contribute to good health.
In addition to all the other benefits of mango peels, there are certain chemicals (chiefly, ethyl gallate and penta-O-galloyl-glucoside) that have been shown to inhibit the growth of tumours, reduce the risk of heart diseases and protect the liver in humans. Some chemicals (flavonoids) in the peels (mangiferin, gallic, protocatechuic and syringic acids, kaempferol and quercetin) have also been found to have the potential to slow aging and prevent cancer. Some scientists indicate that mango peels contain more healthful chemicals (polyphenols) than the flesh of the fruit. Generally, the ripe peels contain more of these healthful chemicals than unripe peels. Other studies indicate that the presence of these healthful chemicals in the mango peels contributes to the lowering of the risk of cancer, Alzheimer’s disease, cataracts and Parkinson’s disease.