Renowned as the national fruit of Japan, this fruit is globally recognized as the “Japanese Fruit,” although in Pakistan and many other regions, it’s also known as “Amlook.” However, the latter term is less familiar to many. In English, it’s called “Persimmon.”
Rich in essential nutrients, this fruit is a powerhouse of potassium, phosphorus, and vitamin C.
There are two primary types: Asian and American. While it naturally grows in the U.S., the type Diospyros kaki, cultivated in Japan, is the one most commonly found in markets.
Health Benefits of the Japanese Fruit
- Rich in Nutrients: Packed with an abundance of nutrients and minerals, most varieties of this fruit contain beta-carotene and potassium. It’s also an excellent source of fiber, phosphorus, calcium, vitamin C, and vitamin A.
- Good for Eyesight: With its high content of vitamin A, it supports eye health. Vitamin A aids vision, especially in low light, and strengthens the immune system.
- Antioxidant-Rich: The fruit boasts a high antioxidant content, making it an excellent addition to a balanced diet. Antioxidants combat oxidative stress, which can lead to various ailments like cancer, cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and cognitive decline. Although our bodies produce some antioxidants, most of them come from our diet.
- Anti-inflammatory Properties: Research on rodents has shown potential anti-inflammatory effects, possibly due to its antioxidant properties, which can also enhance tissue health. Vitamin C found in the fruit plays a role in mitigating the severity of heart diseases and diabetes.
- Heart Health: The nutritional compounds in the fruit make it a heart-healthy choice. Flavonoids, a type of antioxidant present in the fruit, protect against heart diseases by reducing blood pressure and cholesterol levels, both risk factors for cardiovascular diseases. Additionally, the high fiber content in Japanese fruit aids in cholesterol regulation.
- Digestive Health: As mentioned earlier, the fruit’s significant fiber content plays a pivotal role in digestive health. Fiber intake can reduce the risk of constipation, ensuring smoother bowel functions.
For every 100 grams of the Japanese fruit, there are 70 calories, 18.59 grams of carbohydrates, 0.58 grams of protein, 0.19 grams of fat, 3.6 grams of fiber, 81 micrograms of vitamin A, 7.5 milligrams of vitamin C, 253 micrograms of beta-carotene, 161 milligrams of potassium, 17 milligrams of phosphorus, 8 milligrams of calcium, 1 milligram of sodium, and 150 micrograms of iron.
Note: This article is based on details published in medical journals. Readers should also consult with their healthcare professionals for advice.