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Pack a Few Peaches for Health

By Tom Herrin

As warm weather arrives, looking for foods that can complete a menu in a healthy way can be pretty important.  There are plenty of things to look for, and plenty to choose from, but the important thing is to know just what is being added and why.  While the market is full of good products, sometimes buying something that is in season is a help. Peaches are a food that tends to be in season, depending on the variety, in spring or summer.  When those prices drop a little is a great time to add them to a diet.

They Are Made for Warm Weather

Peaches contain a few things that make them a natural when the temperatures are warmer.  They have a high water content, making them perfect for the heat. People can grab them for a snack and stay hydrated at the same time.  They also have plenty of nutrients, especially Vitamins A and C. Lots of minerals can be added to that so that when people choose them, they are rounding out a good diet.  For those wanting something sweet, they are a really good choice instead of many of the standard treats.

They May Help Protect From Some Problems

Peaches have a high fiber content.  This means that they can help with digestion, which can be a major source of problems for some people.  They also contain antioxidants which are known to help fight some diseases including some cancers. They are filled with several minerals that are quite useful in daily functions.  Keeping a constant supply of these can do a lot of things that people take for granted. Many minerals in trace amounts can make the difference in good and bad health.

They Are a Good Food for Those Watching Their Weight

A lot of us like to keep an eye on our weight.  For me, I try to constantly read and react; that is, I weigh myself and make adjustments on a regular basis.  It keeps me from having to go on big diets every few months. I try to take a close look at the foods I eat. Peaches are a good fit.  An average peach is only 68 calories. Eating one is a good snack. I also enjoy eating them for breakfast with cereals, cottage cheese, or cream.  Having them in a dish such as ice cream can be a good way of lowering the calories and fat of such treats when measuring by volume. Pick some up and be a little creative with your diet.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Elk Grove, Calif.


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