Peaches are very good for you, but like anything else shouldn't be overconsumed.
Unless you are allergic to them, peaches can provide many benefits to your health and can even alleviate some ailments. Snacking on peaches instead of artificial sweets is a good idea. A medium-sized peach (150g) contains 59 calories, so it’s a great addition to your diet. It’s ideal for weight watchers because it’s rich in fiber and helps you feel full. It also has zero cholesterol, fats, and sodium.
Peaches contain essential nutrients such as vitamins A, C, E, K, and potassium, manganese, iron, copper, and zinc. They are also rich in B-complex vitamins like thiamine, B6, niacin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid and folate. Peaches have a low glycemic index, which means they won’t cause a sudden spike in blood sugar. The potassium in peaches can help reduce the risk for certain kidney diseases and ulcers.
Many studies done regarding antioxidants in peaches yield favorable results. A 2013 Harvard University study suggested that eating 2 servings of peaches a week lowers the risk for certain types of breast cancer by 40%. A published study in The Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry suggested that eating 2-3 peaches a day may prevent the growth of breast cancer, tumors, and metastasis.
Peaches are known to improve your overall health, but consuming beyond the recommended daily intake may cause diarrhea, bloating and/or constipation. One serving of peach may contain up to 13 g of sugar; this type of sugar is called fructose (fruit sugar). In the liver, excessive amount of fructose is converted into fats – adding to fat build-up in your body. Abdominal fat is being linked to Type 2 diabetes.
Possible short-term side effects
Possible long-term side effects
- visceral fat build up
- diabetes (unlikely)
Ingredients to be aware of
- low glycemic index
- reduces risk of kidney disease
- reduces risk of ulcers
- reduces risk of breast cancer
- reduces risk of metastasis
- reduces risk of tumors
- reduces risk of heart disease
- promotes skin health
- reduces bad cholesterol
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Written by Healthy Living 35 | 12-27-2015
Written by Healthy Living 35
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