Health Benefits of Peaches
Bite into a juicy peach this summer! Low in calories and packed with potassium, peaches offer a wide range of healthful benefits.
Great snack for losing weight. A peach help makes you feel full and keeps you from overeating. One peach contains about 35-50 calories and no fat!
Peaches promote healthy skin. Vitamin A and C make peaches a great natural moisturizer. These vitamins can help regenerate skin tissue.
Peaches have a diuretic effect. One great health benefit of peaches is that they help cleanse your kidneys and bladder. Drink peach tea, it is an effective kidney cleanser and body detoxifier.
Peaches help relieve stress. In Hungary, the peach is referred to as the “Fruit of Calmness” due to its ability to relieve stress and anxiety. It helps in restoring the calmness of mind and its flowers are particularly beneficial for treating restlessness.
Healthy teeth. A great added health benefit of the peach is that it contains fluoride and small amounts of calcium, the compounds that are present in bones and teeth.
Peaches have anti-aging benefits. Vitamin C in peaches is a powerful antioxidant that slows down the ageing process, thus reducing wrinkles, fine lines, dark circles and blemishes. Peach is often used as an ingredient in anti-aging face masks. It tightens the skin’s pores and rejuvenates tired skin. Another added health benefit of the peach is that you can actually rub a slice directly onto your skin to slough away dead skin cells.
Fun facts about peaches!
- A large peach has fewer than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber. It’s also a good source of vitamins A and C.
- The peach is a member of the rose family, and there are over 700 varieties of the fruit.
- Peaches were once known as Persian Apples
- Peaches are the third most popular fruit grown in the United States
- Nectarines are just peaches without the fuzz.
- 1565 is the starting date of the first peach orchard in Florida.
Try this delicious and healthy recipe:
Summer Peach Salsa
Serve this sweet-tangy peach and basil salsa recipe as a dip with crunchy tortilla chips or as a topping for tacos, tostadas or even grilled meats and fish.
1 1/2 cups diced firm ripe peaches (about 4 small)
3/4 cup diced cherry tomatoes
1 fresh jalapeño, finely chopped
3 tablespoons chopped fresh basil
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1/4 teaspoon salt
Combine all of the ingredients in a medium bowl.
Salsa may be prepared up to 2 hours ahead.