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Can You Eat Mango Seed? [Proven Benefits + Side Effects]

Although the seed is not the priority when buying Mango, given the sweet pulp, you can eat them and leverage abundant skin and hair benefits.

Generally, the Mango seed contains bioactive compounds like phenol, carotenoids, vitamins, and dietary fiber that you can include in your diet by boiling and drying to prepare a powder form, using the kernels to prepare oil similar to other edible oil, or directly frying.

However, take precautions as it may cause skin rashes if not cleaned properly. Scroll the article to learn if eating mango seeds is completely safe or damaging.

Is Mango Seed Good to Eat?

Mango seed is edible if appropriately processed with the correct seasoning.

The practice is common in South Asian countries like India, where people eat when the fruit is still raw or use the kernel of ripe Mango to increase the nutrient value of their food.

Although the taste is incomparable to the flesh of a Mango, the nutrient value provided by the 100-gram seed is 20 to 50 times more than 2 kg of fruit pulp.

mango seeds on tissue
Mango seeds contains three parts including endocarp, tegument, and kernel.

So here are some benefits of eating Mango seeds you need to know. 

1. Antioxidant and Antimicrobial Activity

The Mango seed kernel has always been a center of attraction to determine its significant role in the food industry and processing units.

Research on seeds (download pdf) of Mango varieties has recently concluded that combining kernel oil and seed extract has improved the quality of stored potato chips by increasing oxidative stability.

Also, the research added that the seed extract could provide a defense mechanism against the bacteria Escherichia coli to extend the shelf-life of pasteurized cow milk.

Meanwhile, kernel oil is used as a substitute for cocoa butter and as a base and sunscreen ingredient in the cosmetic industry.

Not to leave out, the Mango kernel plays a vital role in subsiding free radicals of breast and colon Cancer.

2. Hair Treatment

As soon as aging hits, hair fall and dandruff problems start to surface due to dry scalp, but here is a home remedy for you.

The butter made from Mango seeds can effectively nourish the dry scalp, bringing out lustrous and thick hair growth due to the richness of fatty acids, minerals, and vitamins.

You can prepare hair oil using Mango seeds, coconut, mustard, or olive oil.

Take a clean jar, fill it with any of the abovementioned oil, and put the seed in it for a week.

Applying the DIY oil can help you reduce the problem of gray hair, hair fall, and flaking problem.

3. Skin Health Maintenance

Fulfill the dream of having healthy, clear and shiny skin by utilizing the waste of the Mango you have consumed recently.

The butter from the Mango seed possesses a hydrating quality that helps to tone the dried skin around your eyes and cheek and create a barrier to prevent it from drying further.

When mixed with Tomatoes, the powder form is also used as a natural scrubber for acne-prone skin that helps to exfoliate the skin and prevent acne breakouts.

You can apply the Mango seed butter to your dehydrated lips before bed to keep them moisturized and shiny.

Also, you can easily eliminate stretch marks after pregnancy by applying Mango kernel oil.

4. Decrease Diabetic Risk and Obesity

Diabetic risk always persists if glucose intake is high, but the problem might be reduced if you add Mango seed extract to your daily consumption.

The Mango seed powder alters the enzymes of the liver and intestine and reduces the glucose absorption rate.

Thus, consuming seed powder will also help to maintain body fat and weight by maintaining cardiovascular health.

Normal blood functioning solves various problems related to cholesterol balance and c-reactive protein levels.

5. Cure Diarrhea and Dysentery

Mango seed has a more significant influence in Ayurvedic to cure loose motion and boosts digestion due to the presence of phenol compounds.

Daily consumption of a gram of Mango seed powder with honey at least twice daily can help decrease diarrhea due to its astringent property, aiding in digestive improvement.

You can also consume it by cooking two spoonfuls of seed in a glass of water till it changes into a semi-solid paste. Have it at least twice to thrice daily.

6. Natural Teether

If you have a toddler better to keep the Mango seed as it is helpful as a resistive food teether to improve oral skills.

Many mothers have reported using the hard seed coat after refrigerating it for several hours to relieve their babies’ gum aches.

In addition, it is a safe teether for babies as the stone does not break easily, and the toddlers will enjoy the sweet and fruity taste.

Methods to Eat Mango Seed

After learning the benefits, do not run to eat the kernel raw, as you will only be destroying your palate and the health of your stomach.

To enjoy the seed of Mango to the fullest, boil, bake, or roast it and mix some spices to tune the dry taste of the kernel.
A white flat bowl containing the seed of Mango and water
The Mango embryo is the part of the seed used for roasting and boiling.

You can also prepare various dishes using the Mango seed. Some of the recipes are as follows:

First Recipe

  • Separate the seed from the pulp.
  • Wash and let it dry under the direct sun, or use the air dryer.
  • Take a grinder and place the seeds on it.
  • Crush to make flour that you can use to make bread.

Second Recipe 

  • Take the seed out of the flesh and wash it.
  • Fill either water or vodka or any drink of your choice in an airtight container.
  • Simmer the seed into the drink and close the lid.
  • Let the drink sit for 24 hours, and have a taste of the drink.

Third Recipe

  • Cut the outer cover of the seed to take out the embryo present inside it.
  • Keep the embryo in a bowl with water and boil it continuously till it turns soft.
  • Take out the embryo and let it cool down to chop it into long thin slices.
  • Let the chopped kernel dry under the seed.
  • Start roasting it by adding edible oil to a pan.
  • Add salt, pepper, and mango powder and enjoy it.

Take reference from the video!

Is Mango Seed Poisonous?

The most apparent query is confusion as the seed of Mango is not poisonous to anyone, including cats and dogs.

However, longer use of the Mango seed may release natural acid into the teeth of the baby, causing more detrimental effects.

Also, excessive eating of Mango seeds can initiate throat irritation and indigestion due to the presence of cyanide compounds.

But if you swallow the Mango seeds of unripe Mango unknowingly (which is rare), do not worry.

The digestive system will do its work to crush and neutralize it.

However, if you are allergic to poison ivy and oak, better not to touch the Mango seed, as it can initiate skin rashes as a side effect.

Otherwise, you are safe to touch and eat the Mango seed and enjoy the mouth refreshing feel it provides.

From Editorial Team


Thanks to its antioxidant and fatty acid profile, Mango seed has the potential to become a commercial ingredient for cosmetics and edible oil.

You can even enjoy the benefits of anti-aging and wrinkle-free skin, a dream of most women, by roasting or grinding the Mango seed and consuming daily.

But do know the optimum amount to consume!