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When the Season Comes, Eat Some Peaches for Health

By Tom Herrin

It won’t be long until one of those sweetest, juiciest fruits will be in season and available in large quantities.  People often look for plenty of juice in a good fruit. Peaches are a fruit that can have multiple uses while serving as a great food to eat as a dessert, snack, or simply part of a great meal.  They have pretty much all of the major components that are desired in a good fruit. For many people, especially in the south, they are longtime favorite. Whether they are the spring variety or part of the summer harvests, they are simply delicious.

They Can Help in Weight Management

As people seek to improve their diets, they often choose to cut high-fat and high-calorie foods.  Peaches can be filling enough and satisfy that sweet tooth. An average peach is only about 68 calories.  Wow! That may be a green light to eat several at a time. Their high water content can make people feel fuller, satisfying their hunger for a time, but it also helps with hydration.  As a snack, they may be good for helping them get through periods of lows during the day.

They Are High in Fiber

Most people fail to take in enough fiber.  This can add to a lot of problems that may already be present.  Fiber can help people to feel full, but what may be more significant is that fiber can help to move food through the system.  Add to this the fact that peaches have a high water content and you have a good recipe for a useful addition to meals. When in season, they are pretty hard to beat.

They Are Packed with Vitamins

Peaches contain good amounts of vitamins in general.  They are particularly high in Vitamins A and C. They are also another good source of antioxidants.  Most of us cannot get too many of these. Their role in fighting diseases is well known. They can delay many of the effects of aging as well, and there is quite a bit of evidence of their ability to help in fighting some cancers.  The harvest times for peaches are great times to add more of them to your menu. They go well in plenty of desserts, fruit salads and dishes. They can be a tasty item on a breakfast menu, too.

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

 

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