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All About Peaches

By Amy Silva

Peaches are a popular, flavorful and refreshing fruit that are certainly versatile. Peaches have nutrients that make them a healthy addition to your diet. A ripe and juicy peach is a favorite fruit for many during the hot summers in the United States. Their juice can be used to make flavored tea, they can be frozen and added to smoothies, or turned into sorbet -- and sliced peaches in a fruit salad are always great. Read on for facts about peaches followed by a smoothie recipe.

About Peaches

Peaches grow on trees in warm areas across the world. Peach trees can grow over 20 feet tall, but they are typically kept shorter so it's easier for them to be fully covered in sunlight. A little-known fact is that peaches are part of the rose family. The more popular varieties in the United States include yellow peaches with the names Halford, Redhaven and Elberta, but there are lots of other peaches that have white or red skins. Nectarines are also peaches but they are without the soft outer fuzz of other varieties.

Health Benefits of Peaches

Peaches contain antioxidants and small amounts of many vitamins and minerals including Vitamin A, copper, iron, phosphorus, magnesium, Vitamin K, Vitamin C and fiber. A diet that includes peaches could reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke and kidney stones. It may also keep blood pressure at healthy levels and lower the risk of developing type 2 diabetes. Studies show compounds found in fruit, including peaches, may help prevent certain types of cancer and even stop existing cancer from spreading.

Peach Smoothie Recipe

For a delicious peach smoothie that serves two, try this recipe from LilLuna.com:

  • 1 sliced peach
  • 1 sliced banana
  • 1/4 cup of orange juice
  • 6 ounces of low-fat peach yogurt
  • Blend all ingredients until lumps are gone. Feel free to add ice.

Peaches have health benefits just as other fruits do so they are a wonderful addition to your diet. If you have a serious sweet tooth and plain peaches don't quite do the trick, consider finding healthier recipes for peach pie or pastries. They're a better option than the typical sugary baked goods for those trying to lose weight, maintain their current weight, or if they have a health condition where they have to be mindful of their sugar intake. However, eating peaches as nature intended and avoiding added ingredients is the best option.

To learn more about your health, wellness and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Scottsdale, Ariz.

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