Move over, apples and pears: There’s another seasonal fruit pulling up to the holiday table.
Nutrient-dense persimmons are making their way into more holiday meal plans, and for good reason. An excellent source of vitamin A and beta carotene, which are essential for healthy eyes, immunity and disease prevention, persimmons are claiming superfood status.
It’s justified, considering research suggests that people who eat a diet rich in beta carotene have lower risks of developing type 2 diabetes, heart disease, certain cancers, and metabolic disorders.
Even the fruit’s skin is lush with antioxidants, such as flavonoids, carotenoids and tannins, all of which have been shown to help lower blood pressure, reduce bad cholesterol and decrease your risk of heart disease.
One persimmon has just over 100 calories and six grams of fibre, making it an excellent everyday snack, and a prime cooking ingredient: bake them into muffins, stir them into oatmeal, roast them to top off your favourite ice cream, toss them in salad…you get the idea.
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