By Denise Reynolds RD for EmaxHealth.com
Stone fruits are called such because they have a large, hard seed at the center. These fruits, which include peaches, plums and nectarines, have been found to have bioactive compounds that may help prevent obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
Peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries are all members of the Prunus genus. We are currently in the peak season for these delicious fruits as crops deliver produce from June through September.
Dr. Luis Cisneros-Zevallos, a food scientist with Texas AgriLife Research, and a team of researchers found that stone fruits contain compounds from four major phenolic groups – anthocyanins, clorogenic acids, quercetin derivatives, and catechins. The unique combination of these nutrients work on different cells, including fat cells, macrophages, and vascular endothelial cells to combat components of disease.
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