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Mango and Acid Reflux (Good or Bad?)

Mangoes are packed with nutrients and are high in antioxidants. They may even help to boost your immunity, improve heart, digestive, eye, and skin health, and possibly even reduce the risk of some types of cancers.

Here are some more facts about this wonderful fruit. 

Are mangoes acidic? 

Mangoes are moderately acidic, but they are very close to being considered neutral on “the pH Scale.” Their pH level is almost at the level of neutrality. Although they are healthy, it’s best to eat them moderately.

Have you already tried the 14-day alkaline smoothie diet? It can help you lose weight and keep your acid reflux under control.

What is the pH of mangoes? 

The pH of mangoes is about 6, meaning they are mildly acidic but they are close to the neutral level. When working to identify the acidity of an object, a scale is used called “The pH Scale.”

The pH scale ranges from 0 to 14. If an object has a score on “The pH Scale” close to 0, then it is acidic. If an object scores near the middle of the scale, it is considered closer to neutral.

A scale of 7 is considered a neutral point. If an object has a score on “The pH Scale” close to 14, then it is considered to be alkaline or basic. 

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Are cooked mangoes acidic? 

You are able to cook mangoes – they are actually a very versatile fruit that can be used in cooking.

Mango slices can be saluted to be caramelized, simmered to be added into chili, grilled with chicken, or added to many other recipes. With that being said, cooking mangoes (or any fruit) will not reduce their acidity. 

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Is mango good for acid reflux? 

More likely than not, small amounts of mangoes are likely to ease digestion discomfort which will help with acid reflux. Acid reflux occurs when the contents of the stomach come back up the esophagus.

When the stomach acid travels up, it leads to acid reflux or heartburn. While a lot of fruits make acid reflux worse (due to their acidity levels), mangoes are very close to neutral on “The pH Scale” so they will likely not worsen acid reflux.

If you do experience heartburn or acid reflux from mangoes, it is probably best to avoid the fruit altogether. 

What will happen if I eat mangoes every day? 

While mangoes are healthy, it is best to eat them in moderation. The United States Department of Agriculture recommends that adults eat about 1 to 2 cups of fruit a day.

You should keep your mango serving to about no more than 1 cup a day. For the rest of your daily fruit intake, try to pick fruits that are high in fiber and low in sugar such as apples. 

Mangoes contain many vitamins that your body needs and can help with your body’s digestion. Mangoes are also high in fiber and water, which are both good things for you.

But mangoes are also very sweet (they are a great alternative to sugary snacks) and have high amounts of natural sugars, so you should not eat too many daily. 

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How healthy are mangos?

Is it healthier to eat mangoes raw or cooked? 

Mangoes have about the same nutritional value and benefits when eaten cooked or raw, so it is a great fruit to eat as a snack, but also a great fruit to put into your dinner. 

Have you already tried the 14-day alkaline smoothie diet? It can help you lose weight and keep your acid reflux under control.

What fruits are low in acidity? 

Some of the fruits that are low in acidity include mangoes, apples, pears, and melons, such as watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew melons.

If you are wanting to eat fruits that are low in acidity and that will be okay for acid reflux, try to avoid citrus fruits. Here are the pH levels of these fruits based on “The pH Scale.” 

Other great food options that are closer to the alkaline scale include spinach, kale, celery, lettuce, broccoli, cauliflower, sweet potatoes, carrots, cashews, chestnuts, almonds, and ginger. 

Least Acidic Fruits - Mango

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What fruits are high in acidity? 

When you are trying to avoid acidic foods, there are some fruits that should be avoided. Steer clears of lemons, limes, grapes, pomegranates, pineapples, peaches, oranges, blueberries, and cranberries as these are all fruits that are fairly acidic and can lead to acid reflux. 

Here are the pH levels of these fruits based on “The pH Scale.” 

Soft drinks, red meats, processed meats, refined grains, cheese, and ice cream are other foods that are high in acidity. 

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