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Doctor names main danger of persimmon

Doctor names main danger of persimmon Illustrative photo (pixabay.com)
Author: Maria Kholina

Persimmon is a popular fruit, and its medical aspects are linked to its viscous properties. Although there are situations where one needs to be very cautious about consuming this fruit, according to Dr. Komarovsky.

About persimmon

The medical professional explained that persimmons contain a lot of tannins, which, in turn, react with proteins found, for example, in saliva.

"After this, these proteins settle on the mucous membranes, but this reaction occurs not only in the oral cavity. It's not just the stickiness you feel. For instance, when persimmon passes through the esophagus, it reacts with the esophageal mucosa. Then, you may experience dryness and hiccups for hours," the doctor said.

"And when it enters the stomach, especially if there is a lot of active gastric acid, persimmon, in some situations, in some people, very rarely, can form a dense lump that captures the remnants of food present in the stomach at that time. This lump practically does not respond to the enzymes of the gastrointestinal tract and, in some cases, can cause severe constipation and intestinal obstruction," the doctor said.

Komarovsky advises against eating persimmons on an empty stomach, as well as very astringent fruits.

"Don't eat 10 of them at once if you haven't had them for a long time. Besides, there are absolutely astringent varieties," the doctor concluded.