Mangoes are better at relieving digestive problems than many high-fibre foods, a study has found.
The fruit, which contains both fibre and nutrients called polyphenols, is said to treat constipation and gut inflammation more effectively than an equivalent amount of fibre powder.
One in five adults is thought to suffer from a long-term digestive condition.
For the four-week study, 36 men and women with chronic constipation were divided into two groups: one given a daily dose of 300 grammes of mango, or roughly one fruit, the other an equivalent amount of fibre supplement.
Aside from this, their diet was kept constant for calories, carbohydrates, fibre, protein and fat. At the end of the month, both groups showed reduced constipation but mangoes were found to be more effective at easing symptoms than fibre alone.