Meet The Anti-Obesity Fruits: Peaches, Plums, Nectarines
Imagine this: a fruit that tastes great and actually helps us prevent obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. That’s what researchers at Texas A&M say they have found in peaches, plums and nectarines. A Texas A&M news release reports that research at the school reveals that stone fruits – peaches, plums and nectarines – have bioactive compounds that can potentially fight off metabolic syndrome. The phenolic compounds, namely anthocyanins, clorogenic acids, quercetin derivatives and catechins, appear to have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, and may also reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol LDL which is associated to cardiovascular disease. How do they do that? It’s complicated, but suffice it to say that they modulate different expressions of genes and proteins. Oh, one more thing: the studies were funded by the California Tree Fruit Agreement, The California Plum Board, the California Grape and Tree Fruit League and the Texas Department of Agriculture. Read more from Texas A&M.