There’s a reason why people say they’re feeling peachy!
The peach has been used as a standard for quality and beauty in England since the early 1700’s. Perhaps it can be due to the peach’s natural characteristics of softness, sweetness and rosy color that make it so beautiful.
However, peaches aren’t only favored by the English, the peach is also revered by the Chinese. The Chinese may have been on to something when they named the peach the symbol of longevity and immortality.RELATED: RECOMMENDED PLANS FOR YOU
The health benefits that underlie its beautiful surface are as healthy and wonderful as they are sweet!
The health benefits of peaches are plentiful
Here are just a few reasons why eating peaches will have you feeling peachy:
1. Cancer crusher
As most stone fruits are, peaches are a great source of powerful antioxidants.
Antioxidants have the ability to combat cancer formation.
Free radicals that circulate in your body from factors like smoking, eating fatty foods and inhaling pollutants, run rampant in your cells and cause damage to the cell walls.
That’s where antioxidants like Vitamins A and Vitamin C step in to provide an extra electron to these antioxidants.
This process stabilizes the free radicals and stops them from wreaking havoc.
2. Potassium power
One thing that peaches are good for is potassium. Increasing your potassium intake while decreasing your sodium intake is one of the most important dietary changes that you can make to decrease your risk for developing diseases like cardiovascular disease.
Potassium is also very important for proper nerve signalling and cellular function.
Getting enough potassium in your meals will help you utilize carbohydrates efficiently, maintain electrolyte balance and regulate muscular tissues.
3. Skin health
One large peach has roughly 20% of your recommended daily value of Vitamin C.
Vitamin C, when eaten in its natural form or when applied topically, can have powerful benefits for your skin. Vitamin C is essential for building collagen which is a natural protein for improving skin texture, fighting skin damage and reducing wrinkles.
Not to mention the flavonoid content of peaches have photo protective properties that protect the skin from UV-B light.
As the spring months roll into summer consider finding ways to get more peaches in your life. Whether it be on the run or incorporated into your meal, there are many great ways to enjoy peaches.
Slice it in your salad
Peaches make a great topper to dark green leafy vegetables like spinach.
Throw in some roasted nuts and goat cheese and you have yourself a refreshing dish that satisfies all of your taste buds.
Stir some in your cereal
Both cold and dry cereal taste a little bit better when peaches are involved.
Bring light to a dull cereal with the sweetness of peaches. Adding small chunks to your oatmeal will brighten up your morning.
Turn up your tacos
One thing that works exceptionally with peaches: Mexican cuisine.
There’s something about the combination of flavors that pairs so well with refreshing fruits like mango, grapefruit and peaches.
Add a little bit of spicy salsa and a slice of peach to your taco and you’ll have a combination of flavors that you’ll be sure to love.
Blend in your beverages
Another great way to eat peaches is as an extra ingredient in your juice or smoothie.
Peaches are a great fruit to blend in your smoothies that take away the bitterness from leafy greens.
Or for a refresher on a warm day, muddle peaches in your iced tea or lemonade. Without a doubt it will be a family favorite!
One regular peach is a mere 50 calories. In just 50 calories, one peach has the power to protect your skin, keep your heart in check, improve your muscular health and prevent the development of cancer.
Get some more peaches in your life today!
Connect with Expert Bonnie Giller.