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Could Peaches, Cherries, and Plums Fight Obesity and Diabetes?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in the United States and paves the way toward obesity and heart disease for millions of people every year. Since these are two of the most common chronic diseases today, making lifestyle modifications are important especially changes in diet and exercise.
A new study found that stone fruits known as drupes contain compounds that could reduce serious health risks from obesity and inflammation found with metabolic syndrome. Since insulin resistance or diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol abnormalities and abdominal obesity affect millions of people every year, this could be a very important finding. Although lifestyle, genetic predisposition, and diet play an influential role, research findings suggesting diet can be turned into an asset instead of liability provides some hope for those seeking to change their medical condition outcomes.
While it is great that stone fruits can help us reach health goals, they only help if we include them in our diets. 

Facts about stone fruits also known as drupes:
  • A fruit where the outer flesh surrounds a pit or stone such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries
  • Name comes from their very large, hard seed
  • Provide delicious fruit from June through September
  • Most are native to warmer climates of the world so can suffer injury to blooms that receive spring frost
While eating them fresh (after washing them properly) is a great way to enjoy a piece of stone fruit, here are some other fun, summer recipes you may enjoy.

Grilled Fresh Peaches 
Stewed Plums

Chef Meg's Spicy Stone Fruit Salsa
Cooking with Caitlin's Stone Fruit Quesadilla
Stone Fruit Pandowdy
Here are some other great resources to help you include more of these special fruits this summer.
Enjoy the Season's Freshest Foods – What to Eat This Summer
A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market
Plan Your Meals and Grocery Trips with the Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables in Mind
How to Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh with Proper Storage
30 Days to More Fruits & Vegetables
Are you more likely to include stone fruit in your diet regularly now that you know they could help you reach your health goals? What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy stone fruits?