Along with apricots, peaches tend to be other interesting fruits from a nutritional and therapeutic point of view, since they have a series of benefits and properties that are very outstanding for health.
This is because it not only contains vitamins and minerals, but also a diverse amount of antioxidants that make it a very important fruit for all those who want to follow a healthy diet.
For this reason, we have prepared a special section below which covers some of the benefits and properties of peaches and apricots.
What is the peach? Also known as peach
With the name of peach, we find ourselves before the marvelous fruit of the peach tree, a tree belonging to the family of the Rosaceae, which is known scientifically with the name of Prunus Persica.
Did you know he’s originally from China? It is a fruit also popularly known as peach, and is characterized by a tremendously characteristic appearance, although some people tend to confuse it with the apricot.
Slightly orange in colour, it usually has a rather velvety skin, with flesh that can be whitish or yellow, sweet in flavour and tremendously fleshy and juicy, inside we find a kind of hard shell or bone.
According to our seasonal food calendar, we must take into account that the peach season is in spring and summer (usually from May to September), so it is advisable to eat it only during this time.
Peach nutritional information
Before discovering what the main benefits of peaches are, don’t you think it’s interesting to know what the nutritional value of peaches is? We’ll tell you about it in the following lines.
100 grams of peach provide:
Energy: 39 kcal.
Carbohydrates: 9 g.
Protein: 0.5 g.
Fats: 0.1 g.
Water: 89 g.
Fiber: 1.5 g.
Vitamins: especially its content in vitamin A (carotene), C, B1, B2, B3, B6 and B9 or folic acid.
Minerals: potassium, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, iron, zinc, sodium, selenium and iodine.
Benefits and properties of peach
Interesting nutritional contribution
As we mentioned very briefly in the previous lines, one of the main characteristics of peaches is that they have a very interesting amount of both vitamins and minerals.
Not in vain, among the most interesting vitamins are provitamin A, vitamin C, B1, B2 and B6. As far as minerals are concerned, the most important are potassium, phosphorus, calcium, magnesium, sulphur, chlorine, iron, copper and manganese.
High content of natural antioxidants
As we also indicated, peaches also have beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant that, among other things, helps prevent the appearance of cancer.
Also, did you know that natural antioxidants help in a completely natural way to reduce the negative action of free radicals?
Useful against constipation
Peaches are particularly interesting in case of constipation, thanks mainly to their contribution in insoluble fiber. In fact, 100 grams of peaches provide about 1.5 grams of fiber.
This is fundamental to help us maintain an adequate intestinal transit, favouring a correct and regular bowel movement.
Did you know that they are ideal for diabetics?
Peaches are a suitable fruit for people with diabetes because they are a food with a low carbohydrate content. In addition to this, they provide fibre, which helps the carbohydrates to be absorbed progressively.
This helps to prevent blood sugar peaks from occurring, with their obvious health risks.
Other properties of the most interesting peaches
But it also provides a diverse amount of acids: nicotinic acid, pantothenic acid, malic acid and citric acid.
Because of these main characteristics, they can be ideal in childhood during the bone, tissue and nervous system growth phase in childhood and adolescence.
They also help against problems of constipation by promoting proper intestinal transit, and in cases of anemia, gout, or even in preventing cardiovascular problems and degenerative (helps reduce high cholesterol).
This article is published for information purposes only. It cannot and should not substitute for consultation with a Nutritionist. We advise you to consult your trusted Nutritionist.