What Are the Benefits of Persimmons?

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Persimmon consumption dates to ancient China. The round fruit with a glossy, orange-red skin arrived in the United States in the 19th century. Persimmons have many health benefits since they are rich in fiber, vitamin A and vitamin C.

Persimmon
Persimmon (Image: Jupiterimages/Photos.com/Getty Images)

A Healthy Snack

Rather than reach for a snack full of calories, eating a persimmon ( like most fruit), is a low calorie way to munch between meals and feel satisfied. A typical persimmon contains 70 calories per 100 grams, is very low in fats and rich in fiber. According to the CDC, one persimmon contains more than 20 percent of your daily fiber. Eating fiber helps regulate and normalize your bowels, helps you lose weight and lowers blood cholesterol levels.

Green persimmon
Green persimmon (Image: Hemera Technologies/PhotoObjects.net/Getty Images)

Vitamins A and C

One persimmon contains about 50 percent of your daily allotment of vitamin A and 20 percent of your vitamin C, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website (CDC). Vitamin A is helpful for fighting age-related eye ailments such as macular degeneration. It is also helpful for fighting cancer, enhancing the immune system and for people with skin conditions such as acne, psoriasis, eczema and sunburn. Vitamin C helps boost your immune system so you can better fight off infectious agents.

Vitamin A is helpful for fighting age-related eye ailments such as macular degeneration
Vitamin A is helpful for fighting age-related eye ailments such as macular degeneration (Image: Maria Teijeiro/Photodisc/Getty Images)

Antioxidants

Fresh persimmons also provide numerous other important nutrients. Many of the nutrients in persimmons are considered antioxidants, such as manganese. Antioxidants work by eliminating free radicals, atoms that destroy cells, potentially leading to cancer, aging and other disease. Other antioxidants in persimmons include lycopene and beta-carotene. Persimmons are also rich in copper, which promotes red blood cell health.

Persimmons are rich in antioxidants, which may help combat the appearance of aging
Persimmons are rich in antioxidants, which may help combat the appearance of aging (Image: George Doyle & Ciaran Griffin/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Warnings

Although persimmons are full of good nutrients, eating too many can be harmful to your health. Persimmons contain a compound called shibuol. Shibuol can react with the acid in your stomach and create another sticky compound known as bezoar. If you eat too many persimmons, the bezoar created in your stomach can eventually lead to intestinal blockage. In some severe situations, people who eat too many persimmons have required surgery to remove the obstructions. Only eat persimmons on a full stomach to avoid this issue.

If you eat too many persimmons, the bezoar created in your stomach can eventually lead to intestinal blockage
If you eat too many persimmons, the bezoar created in your stomach can eventually lead to intestinal blockage (Image: BananaStock/BananaStock/Getty Images)

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