Peaches are a member of the stone fruit family and are thought to have originated in China over 8000 years ago. They are highly nutritious and may offer an array of health benefits.
1. Peaches have an impressive nutritional profile: they are rich in vitamins, minerals as well as antioxidants.
2. Studies found that the fresher and the riper the fruit, the more antioxidants it contains.
3. Their consumption has been associated with boosting heart health, reducing blood pressure and decreasing allergy symptoms.
Peaches have an impressive nutritional profile. One peach provides around 58 calories, 1g of protein, 14g of carbs and 2g of fibre. They are rich in many vitamins, minerals and beneficial plant compounds, including good amounts of vitamin C, E, A and K, potassium, niacin, copper and manganese. They are also packed with antioxidants – plant compounds that prevent oxidative damage and help protect our bodies against ageing and disease. Studies found that the fresher and the riper the fruit, the more antioxidants it contains.
Peaches are thought to benefit health in several ways. In fact, they may promote heart health by lowering risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. They are thought to reduce total and “bad” LDL cholesterol levels, but more human studies are needed to confirm these results. What’s more, peaches may reduce allergy symptoms. When your body is exposed to an allergen, it releases histamine to help remove the allergen from your body. Histamine triggers allergy symptoms such as sneezing, itching and coughing. Studies found that peaches may help reduce these symptoms by preventing the release of histamine in the blood.
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