The Nutrition of Peaches
I found this beautiful picture and I thought I might reblog but with some facts about the nutrition of peaches.
Back in the day, peach pits were often used for medication by the Chinese. The Chinese also had a saying “longevity peach”, believing that eating peaches would extend your life.
This delicious fruit is a good source of many vitamins and minerals and potassium. Potassium is where the Chinese were right, Potassium does indeed help extend your life. Peaches are a high source for the mineral and it has been discovered that a shortage of potassium will lead to fatigue, anxiety, muscle weakness, skin problems, poor memory, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure or heart deterioration and vibration in ears.
Another health benefit is the quality o beta-carotene peaches contain. The body changes beta-carotene into Vitamin A, an essential in bodily functions. Recent study shows that people with higher amounts of Vitamin A in their diet had less risk of developing cataracts.
The succulent fruit also contain lycopene and lutein, both carotenes. These two substances can help prevent macular degeneration, cancer and heart disease.
Peaches are also high in fiber, containing two types of fiber. Insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. Insoluble fiber is heart healthy because it collects water and increases the bulk of the stool. Your stool then acts like little scrubbers along the intestines and removes the build up of waste. This helps prevent colon cancer. Cleansing the intestinal wall also increases the amount of nutrients your body can absorb and rids the body of toxicity. Insoluble fiber also helps to lower cholesterol levels.
Peaches, just like oranges are also high in vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps fight cancer by improving the immune system and preventing cellular change.
So if you’re feeling like a snack next time, instead of reaching for crisps, try munch away on a peach. You’ll feel lifted and won’t crave sugar and best of all you get these boosts without adding any extra calories.
(Source: stronghealthyconfidence, via sanctanimity)