What Are The Benefits Of Eating Persimmons?

While you may know that persimmons are thought to predict how harsh winter will be, you may not realize just how many health benefits can come from these little fruits. Persimmons resemble the shape of a tomato, and are similar in color, too, although persimmons are more yellow-orange to dark orange instead of red. Depending on who you talk to, persimmons are either sweet or sour — but that really all comes down to ripeness. These little fruits are good for your health because they're full of nutrients, vitamins, minerals, and more, according to WebMD.

In particular, persimmons are packed full of vitamin A, which plays an important role in eye health. Healthline explains that eyes need vitamin A because it keeps the cornea (the outer layer on the front portion of your eye) clear. Persimmons also contain Vitamin C, which is crucial for your immune system. Vitamin C protects your cells and fights inflammation, including inflammatory conditions like diabetes and heart disease.

It's the perfect snack for fiber and overall health

Persimmons are typically in season during late fall and winter, and are a great addition to your diet no matter how you choose to consume them.

If you need to lower your cholesterol, consider adding persimmons to your diet (via Healthline). They are a great option because they're rich in fiber. In fact, one persimmon contains about 6 grams of fiber, or 25% of the daily intake adults need of dietary fiber, according to Farmers' Almanac. Foods high in fiber help your digestive system by giving you regular bowel movements and they also help keep you fuller longer, the site explained.

They can easily be added to recipes for extra vitamins and nutrients. And, if you're wanting to lower your blood sugar, they do that too by slowing down sugar consumption in the body and the digestion of carbohydrates (per Healthline).