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The fruit that works as a natural probiotic

Tropical Fruit
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Between popping a daily probiotic pill, loading up on the sauerkraut, and spritzing your home with bacteria boosted sprays, you may think you have the whole healthy gut thing covered. But new research suggests there’s a super simple, natural, and delicious way to get your probiotic fill (which in turn can help you feel less depressed, avoid leaky gut, and keep inflammation away).

According to a new study, a mango a day could help keep the good bacteria in the gut alive. Researchers fed mice mango powder consistently for two months and found that their guts were a whole lot healthier. The mango also was linked to reducing body fat (researchers called the change in body weight “significant”) and lowering blood sugar, suggesting a link between a daily mango and preventing diabetes.

Considering mangos are high in fiber, protein, healthy fats, and calcium, the probiotic factor is just another plus to working the tropical fruit into your diet. (And no, you don’t need to worry about OD-ing on probiotics.)

Want some ideas on how to get your mango fill? Try this smoothie bowl. And here are 10 more foods packed with probiotics.