A recent study by Texas A&M Agrilife looked into the obesity fighting power of certain fruits and the results are just peachy! The study looked at the health benefits of stone fruits such as peaches, plums, and nectarines. It showed that these fruits contained compounds that help the body fight off metabolic syndrome, which is the obesity related syndrome that occurs in the body eventually leading to Type II Diabetes.
The study certainly doesn’t rule out the role of genetics and diet, but it does have some encouraging results. Apparently these fruits contain “bioactive” compounds which war against everything from obesity, to inflammation, and even diabetes. There is even the possibility that they could reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol.
There a four major “phenolic compounds” that are found in these fruits. Each fruit appears to have its own concentrations of certain compounds and they believe that eating these different fruits may have a complimentary affect. There is more research to be done and there are plans to confirm the work with studies on mice.
Does it all sound too good to be true? Well, I have to admit it does to me but just in case, I may eat a few extra peaches tonight. For more information on this study visit Texas A&M’s Agrilife website at http://today.agrilife.org/.