Stone fruit contain a chemical compound that may help people fight off obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease, according to a new study by Texas AgriLife Research in College Station.
The study, led by food scientist Louis Cisneros-Zevallos, showed the phenolics, or plant-based compounds, help fight "metabolic syndrome," in which obesity and inflammation lead to serious health issues, according to a news release.
In addition, the research showed the compounds found in peaches, plums and nectarines may help reduce oxidation of bad cholesterol, or LDL, which is linked to cardiovascular disease.
The four compounds—anthocyanins, clorogenic acids, quercetin derivatives and catechins—work simultaneously on different cells, according to the research.
At the same time, they work on different fronts against the diseases, including obesity, inflammation, diabetes and cardiovascular disease.
The research was funded by the California Tree Fruit Agreement, the California Plum Board, the California Grape and Tree Fruit League, and the Texas Department of Agriculture.