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Preaching About Peaches: The Benefits They Bring

By Brandi Goodman 

National Peach Day used to be set for July, but has now been deemed an August observation. No matter when you're choosing to eat your peaches, you're getting a plethora of benefits that the sweet fruit brings. Celebrate throughout either month and the rest of the year by eating plain peaches or adding them to some unique dishes and desserts.

Peaches are Packed With Vitamins

Vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, and Vitamin B6 are all provided by peaches. Each one offers its own benefits to the body. Vitamin C acts as an antioxidant while Vitamin A boosts the immune system and protects the eyes. Vitamin E is also an antioxidant that protects cells and Vitamin K helps with blood clotting and calcium levels. Vitamin B6 helps to regulate mood. With peaches in your regular diet, you'll be getting good doses of each of these.

Peaches are a Weight Loss Approved Snack

People looking to lose weight can have peaches on their menu. Peaches are a weight loss approved snack due to their low calorie count. You'll get just 60 calories on average from one normal-sized peach. The flavonoids within them also help to boost the metabolism. Your body will be using the peach as energy and not storing it as fat as with many other food options.

Peaches Provide Potassium

Potassium is necessary for many functions within the body. It can ease muscle cramps, reduce blood pressure, aid in regulating the balance of fluids, and more. Peaches provide a hefty dose of potassium. One large peach offers more than 300 milligrams of potassium. 

Peaches Aid Digestion

Fiber is necessary for aiding digestion. Your body will be more likely to absorb vital nutrients with enough fiber available to help this process. Peaches aid in digestion because they contain lots of fiber. Just one peach can provide two or three grams of fiber, depending on its size. Its important to eat the outer portion of the peach as well and not just the inside flesh because the skin contains some of the fiber and nutrients. 

Peaches can be enjoyed plain or added to dishes and desserts. Enjoy them any way you want and get the benefits the fruit has to offer. The many vitamins and minerals found within them are necessary for better health.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Apex, N.C.

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