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May 25, 2022

Is It Safe To Eat Persimmons During Pregnancy?

Persimmon is a nutritious and healthy fruit primarily grown in parts of Asia. Persimmons during pregnancy can provide you with the required nutrition while satisfying your taste buds with their sweetness. Pregnancy is all about eating healthy, and this fruit imparts several health benefits, especially to pregnant women when consumed in adequate amounts.

Read on to know more about the fruit and its benefits during pregnancy.

What Is A Persimmon?

Persimmon, also popular as ‘Nature’s Candy’ and ‘The Fruit of the Gods’, is an orange tomato-shaped fruit with a waxy texture. The delicious fruit belongs to family Diospyros, and it’s native to China. You can enjoy eating fresh, raw, cooked, or dried persimmons. The sweet and pulpy fruit is highly nutritious and beneficial for your health during pregnancy (1).

Is It Safe To Eat Persimmon During Pregnancy?

Yes, you can enjoy eating persimmons during pregnancy. However, you need to have the adequate amounts. Eating the fruit helps ensure a healthy pregnancy. The nutritional content in persimmons promotes growth and development of your fetus as well as ensures good health of the expecting mother. Have a word with your doctor before including the fruit in your regular diet during pregnancy (2).

Health Benefits Of Eating Persimmons During Pregnancy

Persimmons contain high amounts of vital nutrients, so it offers you several health benefits when you consume it while expecting.

1. Promotes Fetal Growth:

Persimmons are rich in minerals calcium and phosphorus. So, eating permisson fruit during pregnancy helps promotes growth and development of your unborn baby’s bones. Also, the fruit promotes the smooth functioning of the central nervous system (3).

2. Cures Anemia:

Iron content in persimmons helps prevent the risk of anemia during pregnancy. Eating the fruit during pregnancy helps boost your hemoglobin count and prevents the adverse effects of anemia, such as fatigue and dizziness.

3. Boost Immunity:

Eating persimmons during pregnancy helps strengthen your immune system substantially. Vitamin A and carotene content in the fruit helps strengthen your eyesight and heart muscles and promotes the smooth functioning of body processes. Also, vitamin C content in the fruit enhances your immunity substantially.

4. Regulates Blood Pressure:

Persimmons are highly effective in treating hypertension during pregnancy. Magnesium content in the fruit helps lower your blood pressure while you are expecting (4).

5. Treats Kidney Stones:

Persimmons contain good amounts of magnesium that help minimize the risk of kidney stone during pregnancy. Eating the fruit ensures good health of your kidneys.

6. Fights Insomnia And Stress:

Vitamin C in persimmons is highly effective in minimizing stress, anxiety, depression, and insomnia. The fruit helps you have a sound sleep during pregnancy (6).

7. Alleviates Cold And Hiccups:

Persimmon is popular as a traditional medicine to fight cold. The fruit also helps you have relief from hiccups and its adverse effects during pregnancy (7).

8. Prevents Cancer:

Persimmons contain compounds, such as betulinic acid and shibuol, which offer you anti-cancer benefits. Eating the fruit during pregnancy protects you from the risk of development of cancer. (Click to Tweet!)

9. Detox:

Persimmon is an excellent source of powerful antioxidants, which help detox your body and liver during pregnancy. Also, antioxidant content of the fruit helps neutralize the free radicals in your body and protect you and your fetus from cell damage effectively.

10. Mitigates Diabetes:

Persimmon’s peel extract is highly effective in improving insulin resistance and regulating your blood sugar levels. So, eating the fruit can help you regulate diabetes substantially during pregnancy (8).

11. Good Cardiovascular System:

Calcium content in persimmons helps ensure good health of your cardiovascular system during pregnancy (9).

Persimmon is a delicious fruit rich in minerals, vitamins, and bioactive compounds. Eating persimmon during pregnancy is safe and can offer several health benefits. For example, it promotes fetal growth and regulates blood pressure levels. Further, making this fruit a part of your balanced diet can help you meet your nutritional requirements. However, avoid overconsumption of persimmon. You can eat persimmon as is or add it to other dishes, such as persimmon salad, smoothies, risotto, and bread, to relish during pregnancy.

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Dr. Neharika Malhotra is a practicing obstetrician at Malhotra Nursing and Maternity Home and an infertility consultant at Rainbow IVF, Agra. She has more than 12 years of experience in Ob/Gyn.  Dr. Malhotra is an active member of RCOG, FOGSI, and several other institutions and has been the youngest chairperson of FOGSI. In addition, she has published books, articles, chapters… more

Ria is a techie-turned-writer and writes articles on health, with special emphasis on nutrition. She did her B.Tech from West Bengal University of Technology and was previously associated with IBM as SAP ABAP technical consultant. She moved into freelance content writing in 2013 and worked for various websites including us, Brainpulse Technologies, and Emarketz India.

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