This 1 Asian Fruit Could Stop Heart Disease and Diabetes

By on September 7, 2013
In ancient Greece, the Greeks referred to this fruit as the “fruits of the gods,” and if you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up for your health, chances are you will too.

Called persimmon, most people associate it with Autumn due to the fruit’s warm orange-to-red color–a color that only hints at its health benefits.

“Even if you’ve never had a persimmon, you can tell they are Fall’s fruit: the autumnal oranges and reds of the fruit hint at the fact that these fruits are ripe for the picking in the leaf-changing months,” writes Leta Shy, a contributor to Fit Sugar. “Persimmons contain high levels of antioxidants like vitamins A and C. Persimmons are known for their stomach-soothing properties, so eating the fruit may help you feel less bloated or constipated. The fiber in persimmons, called pectin, is responsible for another appetite-controlling feature: pectin helps regulate blood-sugar levels to keep them from spiking, which can help prevent blood-sugar-crash-related cravings.”

And it’s true: Just one serving of permissions provides significant amounts of vitamin A and C antioxidants, which could prevent everything from constipation to cancer. But that’s not the only reason why you should make this fruit a part of your daily diet, say experts.

Persimmon Kills Heart Disease

As well as being tartfully sweet, there’s a good reason to eat up, says Shela Gorinstein, a research associate at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. The reason? Compared to apples, it may be more effective at preventing cardiovascular disease, currently one of the top killers in the United States for both women and men.

“The relatively high contents of fibers, phenolics, minerals and trace elements make persimmon preferable for an anti-atherosclerotic diet,” says Gorinstein. “[Permissions contain a] high percentage of polyphenols, especially tannins, which are very good antioxidants.”

Your best bet: Adding a raw persimmon to your daily diet may roll the clock back on your heart disease risk, but say no to juicing it; it will get rid of the helpful fibers that help curb your risk.

Persimmon is Great for Diabetes

If you’ve seen recent statistics, you know diabetes is on the rise–no thanks to the high-calorie, high-sugar lifestyle Americans love. But if you’re looking for a simple way to avoid this all too common disease, your solution may lie in a ripe persimmon.

The evidence: According to a study from the Toyo Institute of Food Technology, which is based in Japan, rats given persimmon peel had better insulin resistance–a key factor that could ward off pre-diabetes, a precursor to type 2 diabetes. Some people also believe that improved insulin resistance could also make it easier for people to lose weight, although some nutritionists disagree with this assertion.

Of course, eating a handful of persimmons per day won’t help if you still engage if other activities that increase your diabetes risk, such as eating too much, getting little exercise, and staying overweight or obese.

Readers: What are some ways you like to enjoy persimmons during the autumn?

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  1. Elizabeth Bentley

    December 24, 2016 at 8:36 am

    I’ve started using persimmons instead of carrots to make a “sugar-free” cake. Much moister than carrot cake.

    • Health Cracker

      January 2, 2017 at 7:30 am

      Thanks for the helpful tip.

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