Proper eating habits enhance nutritional value of persimmons

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  Persimmons help prevent cancer and can be used as a traditional remedy for the treatment of lung infections and asthma, according to practitioners of traditional medicine. Photo: Ha Huy

Persimmons are not only highly nutritious; they help prevent cancer, according to practitioners of traditional medicine.

The persimmon, which resembles the tomato, ranges in color from orange-yellow to orange-red, depending on the breed. Its diameter can be up to 9cm.

Persimmons can be eaten straight, used to make jam, as a topping for ice-cream or cake, or served in thin slices in salads.

Don't skip the skin

Le Kim Phung of the Ho Chi Minh City University of Medicine & Pharmacy's Traditional Medicine Department said that it is best to eat Fuyu persimmons before they ripen and become soft. On the other hand, the Hachiya or red persimmon should only be eaten this way. Before it ripens, the persimmon is covered with a layer of flesh containing high levels of tannin, giving it an astringent taste.

When the fruit is ripe, it is sweeter because the tannin has disappeared. It is best to eat it fresh. The flesh of the fruit contains significant quantities of beta carotene and vitamin A (10.080 I.U / kilo of persimmon), vitamin B (thiamin, riboflavin, niacin) and vitamin C.

Additionally, there are other micronutrients such as calcium, phosphorus, iron, protein, fiber and sugar. The persimmon is also used as a traditional remedy for the treatment of lung infections and asthma.

The astringency of dried persimmons help to prevent diarrhea and stop the bleeding associated with hemorrhoids. The fruit also helps to prevent cancer thanks to its high content of beta-carotene, sibutol and betulinic acid. A new study in Japan seems to have established that persimmons actually slow the aging process due to the presence of proanthocyanidin, a compound that resides in the fruit's skin.

Refrain when ravished

Doctors advise to refrain from eating copious amounts of fresh persimmon when you're very hungry. Nor should you eat it with other fruits containing acid or protein because the tannin can combine with those substances to cause blockages in the digestive system, precipitate indigestion and irritate the intestines.

Fresh persimmons have a cooling effect on the body, which can lower blood pressure; therefore, refrain from eating them when you are physically debilitated, if you have low blood pressure or are chronically fatigued. Also, women should not ingest the fruit during their postnatal period.

Dried persimmons are soft and sweet and can be eaten to treat food-poisoning.

It should be noted that dried persimmons contain a lot of sugar, making it dangerous for diabetics. If you eat too much of it, it can harm the spleen and teeth, as well as overcharge the body.

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