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Myth-busting Monday

December 5, 2011

Welcome back for another Myth-busting Monday by CakeNutrition! Every Monday we dissect a new health and nutrition myth to reveal the fact or fiction behind them. Have a myth you want me to investigate? Submit them to or post them as a comment!

The Myth: African Mango is a breakthrough weight loss agent. – – check out this article first

This article references a study from 2005 to show that patients who took the african mango for 1 month lost ~10lbs. This is not a myth at all, however, the article FAILS to recognize that the subjects %BODYFAT DID NOT CHANGE! The african mango caused a high rate of weight loss, but it is likely that MORE THAN HALF of that loss came from muscle, bone, or liquids and NOT FAT. It is important to notice that the daily dose of african mango in that study was 3,150 mg per day !!! >>Thats waaaaay too much as shown by non-fat weight loss.

A more promising study conducted in 2009 used only 300 mg per day (1/10th of the dose of the previous study). With this protocol subjects taking African mango lost not only more weight (~2lbs after 10 weeks) but also lost a higher percentage of body fat (-6.3%) than placebo. It seems this lower dose is more beneficial for losing BODYFAT.

Also, a review by Egras et al revealed some extra facts about african mango:

– only 2 trials have used humans

– results are promising

– african mango supplementation seems safe

– side effects include headache, flatulence, and difficulty sleeping

Piece of Cake … Nutrition:

– African mango has shown great benefits for weight loss

– high doses cause loss of non-fat weight like muscle, bone, or fluids

– Few studies have been conducted, so take at your own risk

– 150mg twice daily seems to be the best dose


Egras, Amy M., William R. Hamilton, Thomas L. Lenz, and Michael S. Monaghan. “An Evidence-Based Review of Fat Modifying Supplemental Weight Loss Products.”Journal of Obesity 2011 (2011): 1-7. Print.

Ngondi, J.L. et al. “The effect of Irvingia gabonensis seeds on body weight and blood lipids of obese subjects in Cameroon.” Lipids Health Dis 4 (2005): 12. Print.

Ngondi, J.L. et al. “IGOB131, a novel seed extract of the West African plant Irvingia gabonensis, significantly reduces body weight and improves metabolic parameters in overweight humans in a randomized double-blind placebo controlled investigation.” Lipids Health Dis 8.7 (2009): n. pag. Print.

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