Health benefits of peachesAugust 18, 2017
With their juicy flesh, velvety skin and fresh taste, peaches are pretty easy to fall in love with. This summer fruit stops ripening as soon as it is harvested, which means it is better to choose it already soft and supple!
Domesticated for the first time in China and now cultivated accross the world, peaches have crossed and marked both space and time. They were said to be the favorite fruit of Louis XIV, who cultivated it abundantly in the gardens of Versailles. Peaches are also the official fruit of the US state of Georgia, known as The Peach State, who has a long tradition of peaches growing and would apparently produce the best in the world!
Besides their good taste, it is probably their versatility that makes peaches understandably so popular. They are just as delicious consumed fresh and whole as grilled, in jam, juice or nectar. They also contain several essential nutrients that make their consumption just as useful as enjoyable.
An ally to diets
Made up of about 87% water, peaches are low in calories and contain little sugar. Their high fiber content helps promote satiety for a minimum caloric intake. These characteristics make it both an energy and hydrating food.
Vitamins and minerals
Peaches are rich in potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. The daily consumption of a single peach also covers as much as 50% of the daily requirement for provitamin A. The latter has antioxidant properties and helps reducing the risks of cardiovascular disease. Finally, peaches are an excellent source of vitamin C. Its skin color acts as an indicator; the more colored it is, the more it will contain!
Interestingly enough, it is important to stay away from the peach pit since it contains a small dose of cyanide, a substance that is toxic to humans when consumed in large quantities. However, since the flesh is perfectly safe to eat, make sure not to let this detail put you off!