Persimmons are a popular and nutritious fruit that originated in China and later spread to Japan and then the rest of the world. This fibre-rich fruit contains a lot of vitamins, minerals and phytonutrients and offers numerous health benefits. Persimmon fruit makes a great addition to the Paleo diet. The health benefits of persimmon include the following.
Persimmon fruit helps to promote weight loss because it is high in fibre. The fibre content of persimmon means that it helps to regulate the rate at which sugar is absorbed into your bloodstream. It also helps to reduce sugar cravings, making it easier for you to stick to your diet. In addition, the fibre helps to prevent constipation and improve your overall digestive health.
Persimmon fruit contains vitamins A, C, and K as well as the phytonutrient called zeaxanthin. These nutrients are important for the prevention of retinal damage and they also protect against cataracts and age-related macular degeneration.
Another benefit of the persimmon fruit is that it contains antioxidants which help to protect against free radicals. These antioxidants serve to neutralize the free radicals in your body, stopping them from damaging cells and beginning the process which causes cancer.
Free radicals do not directly cause cancer, but they do damage your cells and can lead to you seeing the effects of aging more quickly. Antioxidants can protect against ageing to an extent, and can even help to reverse some of the visible signs of aging.
Persimmon fruit contains a good range of micronutrients which help to fight against colds, flu and general infections. Eating a wide range of nutrient-rich foods helps to boost your immune system, and the high fibre content of the fruit make it a good detox food too because the fibre helps to push food (and toxins) through your intestines more quickly.
Persimmons on the Paleo Diet
The Paleo diet’s central idea is to consume the same foods that your ancestors ate. This means that you will eat a varied diet consisting of fresh in-season fruits and vegetables. Typically, Paleo diet followers avoid eating large amounts of fruits because most fruits are not in-season all year round, and fruits tend to contain a lot of sugars. Persimmon fruit is a good exception to this, however, because it contains a lot of fibre and has a relatively low glycemic load.
Persimmon fruit can be eaten raw or added to sweet or savoury dishes. You can add persimmon to smoothies, mix it into savoury dishes or use it as an alternative to peppers to make sweet or savoury stuffed persimmon snacks.
As with any other food, it is important to eat persimmon fruit in moderation. Persimmons are relatively high in tannins and are considered to be mildly inflammation-causing. However, if they are consumed as part of a balanced diet, this should not be an issue. The micronutrient profile of this tasty and versatile fruit makes it well worth adding to your day-to-day diet.