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Pick up Some Peaches for Your Health

By Tom Herrin

Everyone tries to improve their diet from time to time.  While there are lots of things on the market, some of the simple things may go overlooked.  People generally want to combine as many things as possible in a few small items. That is certainly the most efficient way.  When they find foods that can serve multiple purposes, so much the better. One of those is peaches, that simple little food with fuzz on it.  They have the ability to produce some big results with little effort. When they are in season, which is usually several months throughout the warmer temperatures, they are affordable and have great flavor.

They Are Good for Digestion

Peaches have several things going for them that can help digestion.  They are high in fiber, which always helps to move food along throughout the digestive tract.  They also have a high water content. This enables food to have more bulk as it passes through the body.  Consuming more fiber and water can help people to feel fuller. This is really good for those who are trying to manage their weight.  With an average peach having only 68 calories, it makes them a good fit in any diet.

They Have Plenty of Nutrients

Peaches have quite a bit of Vitamins A and C.  When some lesser amounts of other vitamins and several minerals are added to that, peaches can pack a lot of nutritional benefit inside the fuzzy exterior.  Serving them to kids as a snack can be a welcome part of a good diet. They are likely to be pretty popular, and people are sure to choose them when they have the opportunity.  Being high in antioxidants is just one more perk.

They Taste Good

Peaches are naturally sweet when at their best.  A ripe peach is juicy and about as sweet as any treat around.  I enjoy eating them for breakfast with cream or cottage cheese.  They are equally good in a fruit salad, but the real deal is eating them with ice cream.  I try to watch my calories and fats, so I have slacked off a lot on my ice cream. However when peaches are added to ice cream, they make a dish that is just as sweet with fewer calories and less fat.  That is pretty hard to beat. You will probably create some favorites of your own once you add them to your menu.

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


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