Recent studies suggest that introducing mangoes into the diet may help reduce constipation. As mangoes contain a good amount of dietary fiber, they may help encourage bowel movements.

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Constipation is when a person has difficulty passing stool. This may result in pain, bloating, and other symptoms.

Treatment of constipation often involves lifestyle changes, including altering the diet and increasing physical activity. Over-the-counter and prescription medications can also help a person pass stool.

This article reviews how mangoes may help reduce constipation, the possible downsides of consuming mangoes, other helpful fruits, and other constipation remedies. It also answers some frequently asked questions.

A common cause or risk factor for constipation is a lack of fiber in the diet.

Mangoes contain a good amount of dietary fiber. One fruit weighing about 336 grams (g) contains about 5.38 g of fiber.

In a 2018 pilot study, researchers examined the effect of consuming mangoes to treat constipation. Participants ate about 300 grams of mangoes once a day for 4 weeks.

The researchers found that those who ate the mango had better results and adherence to treatment than people who consumed commercially available fiber treatments.

While promising, the study involved only 36 people. More research is necessary to understand the benefits of mangoes for constipation across larger samples.

According to the same 2018 pilot study, mangoes contain polyphenols, which may provide an anti-inflammatory effect in people with constipation.

The researchers note that these chemicals might have caused those who consumed mangoes to have better results than those who consumed fiber supplements.

However, due to the small sample size, more research is necessary to understand the effects of mangoes on people receiving treatment for constipation.

While mangoes may help treat constipation, some people will need to use caution when consuming them.

Mangoes contain high amounts of natural sugars, including glucose, fructose, and sucrose, with 46 g of sugar in a single fruit. This means that consuming mango may cause a spike in blood sugar levels, which can be problematic for people with diabetes.

Some people may also experience excessive gas, bloating, and general discomfort from the fructose found in mangoes. An estimated 40% of people have fructose malabsorption, which can lead to fermentation and gas release in the digestive tract.

Dried mango may contain higher levels of sugar, and manufacturers often preserve canned mango in syrups. Eating fresh or frozen fruit may be a healthier option.

People can discuss the best way to include mangoes and other foods in their diets with a doctor or nutritionist.

Fruits often contain high amounts of fiber, but some have more than others. Some higher-fiber fruits that may help with constipation include:

  • apples
  • bananas
  • kiwi
  • pears
  • oranges
  • raspberries
  • blackberries

Evidence suggests that prunes may help treat constipation as well. In a small 2018 study, people who ate dried prunes showed significantly decreased constipation symptoms.

A person can take several steps to help alleviate constipation, though these may work better for some than others.

Anecdotal evidence suggests the following home remedies may provide relief:

  • exercising regularly
  • drinking more water
  • consuming coffee
  • avoiding dairy products
  • using probiotics
  • increasing fiber intake either through diet or dietary supplements

A person may also find that following the low FODMAP diet helps with constipation. “FODMAP” refers to fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols. Experts designed this diet to help with irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) symptoms, such as constipation.

It is best for a person to speak with a doctor before making any significant dietary or exercise changes.

Read more about home remedies for constipation.

Below are answers to some commonly asked questions.

Is mango good for constipation in children?

Fresh or frozen mango is a natural, generally safe fruit for consumption.

No studies look specifically at using mangoes to treat constipation in children. It may be best for parents or caregivers to speak with a pediatrician about adding more mango to a child’s diet to help with constipation.

What is the “king” of fruits for constipation?

Some people refer to mangoes as the king of fruits for constipation. However, several other fruits, such as prunes, are also high in fiber and may help relieve constipation.

Which fruit can break constipation?

Eating fruits that are higher in fiber may help with constipation. Some examples include:

  • oranges
  • apples
  • pears
  • bananas
  • prunes
  • blackberries
  • mangoes
  • kiwi
  • raspberries

Do mango and pineapple help constipation?

Mango and pineapple can provide a high amount of fiber, which may help with constipation. However, both also contain a large amount of sugar. People with diabetes will need to bear this in mind when consuming a combination of mangoes and pineapple.

A person may manage constipation through several lifestyle changes, including drinking more water, eating more fiber, and exercising.

Mangoes provide a large amount of fiber and natural chemicals that may help with constipation. However, because they also contain a high level of natural sugars, it is best for people living with diabetes to use caution when consuming mangoes.

If constipation continues after trying home remedies, a doctor can offer advice on additional treatment options.