Endocrinologist Tells Who is Dangerous to Eat Persimmons

The beneficial properties and contraindications of persimmons, their caloric content, and daily intake – all this was told by nutritionist and endocrinologist Anastasia Kalmurzina.

Persimmons are rich in nutrients – but they can be dangerous to health. First of all, we are talking about persimmons that are astringent: such a berry prevents the body from absorbing vitamins and can provoke intestinal problems.

“Tannins form a film or sticky mass in the digestive tract, which can cause constipation… In addition, a large number of tannins can interfere with the body’s ability to absorb vitamins and minerals,” RIA Novosti quoted endocrinologist nutritionist Anastasia Kalmurzina as saying.

The doctor clarified that persimmons are not recommended:

  • for children under three years of age;
  • anyone who suffers from hemorrhoids and chronic constipation (especially in the acute stage);
  • anyone who has undergone any surgery on the gastrointestinal tract: both on the intestines and stomach.

How to get rid of the tart taste of persimmon

You need to put it in a bag with bananas for one day. Or put it in warm water for 10-12 hours. You can put persimmons in the freezer.

Persimmon and kidneys

Persimmon is known for its diuretic properties. The benefit here is to get rid of edema and quickly remove fluid from the body.

“On the other hand, in the acute stage of pyelonephritis, cystitis, and other diseases of the kidneys, bladder, and urinary system in general, berries should be limited to one or two pieces per week,” the expert added.

Persimmon allergy

Persimmon allergy is rare. But the berry contains a lot of iodine. Therefore, those who are hypersensitive to this element should eat persimmons with caution.

Calorie content of persimmon

The sweetest variety of persimmon is the “king”, and the most savory is the “Chinese” persimmon (it has a cone shape).

Depending on the variety, 100 grams of persimmon contains from 66 to 127 calories, or from 16 to 25 grams of sugar per 100 grams of the product. This means that this fruit is contraindicated for diabetics.

“Insulin is elevated, and people with this diagnosis are contraindicated in principle. If the sugars are at an acceptable level, you can afford this berry – but only one piece a week, no more,” Kalmurzina said.

The norm of persimmons per day

Even a healthy person can eat a maximum of one or two persimmons a day.

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Written by Emma Miller

I am a registered dietitian nutritionist and own a private nutrition practice, where I provide one-on-one nutritional counseling to patients. I specialize in chronic disease prevention/ management, vegan/ vegetarian nutrition, pre-natal/ postpartum nutrition, wellness coaching, medical nutrition therapy, and weight management.

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