Health Benefits of Eating Peaches

Written by Lari Warjri, B.A. Journalism | Medically Reviewed by dr. simi paknikar, MD on Nov 01, 2018
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Peaches are juicy fruits, with soft skin and sweet flesh. The fruit most probably originated in China, and is now grown all over the world. Peaches are of two types: freestone and clingstone. The pit of a freestone comes out easily when the fruit is split, while clingstone peaches do not yield their pits as readily as freestone peaches. Both types of peaches come in a range of colors from white to rich orange from the inside and with a pinkish color on the outside. Peaches are a rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and other chemical compounds. The fruit has amazing health benefits for the eye, heart, skin, kidney and so on. The fruits are popular in various foods like fruit salad, dessert and pies.

Health Benefits of Eating Peaches

Health Benefits of Peaches

1. Prevent Cancer: Studies show that the antioxidants like chlorogenic and neochlorogenic that are found in peaches can slow down the growth of breast cancer cells. Studies also show that lycopene and lutein in peach help protect the body against other chronic diseases such as colon, oral and lung cancers.

Health Benefits of Peaches: Lung Cancer

2. High in Potassium: Peach fruits are an excellent source of potassium and act as an electrolyte that is good for the heart. It improves blood pressure and reduces the risk of developing cardiovascular diseases. The presence of potassium in the peach can also lower the chance of kidney-related diseases. Therefore, enough potassium should be provided to your body by including peach to your diet.

3. Fights Digestive Problems: The alkaline substances found in peach fruit helps to fight against digestive problems such as gastric acidity, nausea, etc. The fiber content in peach fruit helps the body absorb the required amount of water for better bowel movement. Hence this helps in elimination of waste from the body and cleanses the intestines.

Health Benefits of Peaches: Nausea

4. Improves Eye Vision: Consuming peaches is good for the eyes. The fruit is a great source of beta-carotene, a compound that nourishes the eyes, and protects them from free radicals damage and keeps them healthy. Some studies also show that substances present in peach fruit may reduce the risk of cataracts and help improve eye vision.

Health Benefits of Peaches: Eye Vision

5. Good for Your Skin: The presence of vitamin C in peaches can work wonders for the skin. It helps in slowing the aging process, reduces the formation of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin.

6. Aids in Weight Loss: Peaches are low in calories and are an excellent fruit that helps in weight loss.

7. Improves Overall Health: Getting enough vitamins from your diet is essential to maintain a healthy body. Peaches are rich in vitamins including A, C, E and K. All these vitamins are packed with essential health benefits that are needed for overall health.

Health Benefits of Peaches: Good for Your Skin

Peach Cobbler Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 12 fresh peaches, pitted and sliced
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 cup white sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons of butter
  • cups milk
  • teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Methods:

  • Preheat oven to 350-400 degrees F.
  • Take a small bowl, combine sugar and water, and stir to dissolve then pour mixture over fresh peaches.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder and salt. Pour milk into the dry ingredients and then mix thoroughly.
  • Melt butter in the baking pan, and then pour the mixture over the baking pan.
  • Then spread the peach slices on top of it, sprinkle with cinnamon.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes, until golden brown.
  • Serve hot onto a plate with vanilla ice cream or whipped cream.

Peaches, raw

The nutritional values of "Peaches, raw" per 100 grams are:


Nutrition Summary
Total Calories 39
Protein 0.9 g
Fat 0.4 g
Carbohydrate 9.5 g
NutrientsAmount%Daily Value
Calcium, Ca 6 mg 0.6 %
Copper, Cu 0.07 mg 3.4 %
Iron, Fe 0.25  mg 1.39 %
Magnesium, Mg 9 mg 2.25 %
Manganese, Mn 0.06 mg 3.05 %
Phosphorus, P 20 mg 2 %
Potassium, K 190  mg 5.43 %
Selenium, Se 0.1 mcg 0.14 %
Sodium, Na 0 mg 0 %
Zinc, Zn 0.17 mg 1.13 %
Vitamin A 326  IU 6.52 %
Vitamin C 6.6 mg 11 %
Vitamin B6 0.02 mg 1.25 %
Vitamin E 0.73 mg 2.43 %
Vitamin K 2.6  mcg 3.25 %
Riboflavin 0.03  mg 1.82 %
Thiamin 0.02 mg 1.6 %
Folate, DFE 4  mcg 1 %
Niacin 0.81  mg 4.03 %
Sugars 8.39 g
Fiber 1.5  g 6 %
Cholesterol 0 mg 0 %
Water 88.87 g
Carotene, alpha 0 mcg
Carotene, beta 162  mcg
Choline 6.1 mg
Lycopene 0  mcg
View all +
Data source: USDA Nutrient Database, R25
*Percent Daily Values (%DV) are based on a 2,000 calorie reference diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower based on your individual needs.

Reference:

  1. Peaches And Plums Kill and Prevent Breast Cancer - (http://www.breasthealthandhealing.org/peaches-and-plums-kill-and-prevent-breast-cancer/)


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