Nutrition News: Peaches-Eat up!

We can get peaches anytime of the year, but when they are really in season there is nothing better. The old folklore of peaches stems back thousands of years to native China, signifying luck, abundance and protection. It has appeared in religious rite, literature and paintings as well. How can we resist them?

Did you know there are two types of peaches of these ‘stone fruit’? One is called clingstone (flesh clings to the seed) and freestone ( where the flesh easily breaks away from the flesh of the fruit). It ia a beautiful fruit with shades of pink, reds, yellows and white, with a fuzz that makes them unique. They are lean on calories (aprox. 68) and full of nutrients. They have dietary fiber, protective antioxidant vitamin C and vitamin A for healthy vision.

Some recent findings are showing that all stone fruit (cherries, apricots, plums and nectarines) have a bioactive compound that may help fight metabolic syndrome. ( Metabolic syndrome is a term used to address a group of symptoms that could lead to diabetes and cardiovascular disease.) It appears that peaches (and stone fruit) contain antocyanins and quercitin that help fight metabolic syndrom, and peaches show some promise against fighting breast cancer. Plums and peaches contain high levels of phenolicacids which is responsible for the death of cancer cells. (study 2010 Jounal of Agriculture and Food Chemistry)

The bottom line- eat up! Enjoy right off the tree, grilled, in salads or a smoothie or on top of a salad. Any way you consume them will be mouth watering delicious as well as good for you.

Enjoy and Be Well,

Mary

(Source: Environmental:Nutrition Aug. 2013)

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