Peaches

Peaches ~ Super Fruits

Promoting Growth, Vision Health, Reproductive System & Boost Immunity

This super fruit is delicious and is popular all-over.

These and nectarines are closely related, even though they're regarded commercially as different fruits.

Nectarines belong to the same species, but nectarines have smooth skin while these have fuzzy skin

They originated in China where they've been cultivated for thousands of years.

The fruit was mentioned in Chinese writings which date back to the 10th century and were favored by emperors.

The Persians transported the fruit from China and passed it on to Romans.

Spanish explorers brought them to America during the 16th century where this super-fruit found its way to France and England.

Usually, the tree bears numerous, almost uniform sized fruits between May and September.

The fruit is about the size of small apple, measuring about 7-10 cm. in diameter and weigh about 130 g.

It features velvety outer surface with longitudinal depressions.

Internally, the pulp is juicy and depending upon the variety, creamy yellow or whitish in color with a centrally placed, single seed inside the shell...

and, the seeds are "not" inedible.

The fruit is sweet, yet tarty in taste, with a very pleasant aroma.

Nutrients Found Within

Wonderfully delicious, they're low in calories and contain no saturated fats; but contain numerous health promoting compounds, plus, minerals and vitamins which can be beneficial to the human body.

Fresh, they're a very good source of the antioxidant vitamin-C.

Vitamin-C has antioxidant effects and is required for connective tissue synthesis in the body.

Consumption of foods rich in vitamin-C helps the body develop resistance against infectious agents and help scavenge harmful free radicals.

Other nutrients include; calcium, phosphorus, potassium, magnesium, fluoride, vitamin-C, folate, folic acid, beta carotene, vitamin-A and lutein.

And, other trace nutrients found in peaches are vitamin-E, vitamin-K, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and selenium.

Selection and Storage

These sexy super fruits are available year round, but the season for the very freshest, is from May till October.

In the store, look for fresh ones featuring rich color and still having a slight whitish "bloom," indicating that they've not been over handled.

Avoid ones with excessively soft, or with cuts and bruises.

Ripe fruits yield to gentle pressure and feature a sweet aroma.

Slightly hard and mature peaches can be kept at room temperature until they ripen.

The ripening process can be enhanced by using ethylene, similar to the ripening of bananas.

Storage in a paper bag concentrates this gas and hastens the process.

Ripe, they can be placed in the refrigerator but should be brought to room temperature before being eaten to enjoy their rich flavor.

Healthy Ways of Preparation

To maintain the rich nutrient content, it's best to serve the fruit fresh and raw, without cooking and leaving the skin intact.

Peaches are great used in the preparation of pie, desserts, jams and jellies.

Other healthy ways to prepare, include diced and tossed into fruit or vegetable salads, or blended into a fruit smoothie.

Health Benefits

The phosphorus in these super fruits is essential for healthy bone and teeth formation.

Calcium only, is not enough for building healthy bone tissue, phosphorus is necessary for calcium to be effective in the formation of strong bones.

Peaches are a good source of phosphorus which is also important for proper digestion of niacin and riboflavin.

Phosphorus also helps with the transmission of nerve impulses and with kidney excretion of toxins, provides energy for the body and may help reduce the risk of certain forms of cancer.

Vitamin-A is important for maintaining good health and promotes normal growth, a healthy immune system, protects the reproductive system and ensures vision health.

The vitamin-A found in these super fruits contains compounds which are essential for bone growth, cell division and differentiation.

Vitamin-A is a precursor for beta carotene which is converted into retinol for use by the body.

Potassium is one of the most abundant minerals in the human body and is important for overall health.

The potassium found in peaches acts as an electrolyte and is essential for normal heart, kidney, brain, muscle tissue function and preventing muscle fatigue and weakness.

Potassium also helps regulate the blood pressure and heart rate and gastrointestinal health.

The potassium content in these fruits is also important for metabolic processes, relieves anxiety and stress, ensures good kidney health, works in maintaining the fluid balance in cells and boosts the response of the central nervous system.

They also contain a high level of the nutrient of lutein, which is one of more than 600 known naturally occurring carotenoids.

Lutein is found to be concentrated in the macula which is an area in the eye responsible for normal vision.

The lutein found in peaches helps prevent damage from oxidative stress (imbalance of reactive oxygen in the body) and high-energy light and can reduce the risk of age-related macular degeneration.

These super fruits contain many vital nutrients, antioxidants and minerals which are important for the human body.

Currently, scientists are researching the fruit to provide a better understanding and determine all the benefits peaches contain.

Now, if you're wondering how to utilize these super fruits into a recipe...

...we suggest this one!

Peach Parfait

This ready-in-a-minute yogurt dish adds calcium to your diet and helps boost your immune system.

Swap this super fruit for your other favorite fruits for a quick flavor switch.

1. Spoon 1/2 c. fat-free artificially sweetened vanilla yogurt into a dish

2. Top with 1/4 c. store-bought low-fat granola

3. Top with 1/2 c. sliced fresh fruit

4. Sprinkle on ground cinnamon

Total Calories: 407

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