Do the image above reminds you of anything? 🍑 the peach emoji. The origins of peach can be traced back North-west region of China. The peach travelled to Europe through Persia. The peach belongs to the same family as cherry, apricot, almond and plum. Nectarines and peaches are very similar and belong to the same species. Peaches are climacteric fruits and continue to ripen after being picked from the tree.
Peaches are a widely popular delicious, juicy fruit. First cultivated in China, peaches are now available across the globe. Apart from being tasty, this fruit is also a rich source of vitamins, minerals, antioxidant and various other chemical contents.
Although this fruit has plenty of nutrients, the health benefits of it are not commonly known by its regular eaters, But once the health benefits are known, more and more people will start eating this juicy fruit on a daily basis.
- Eye Health: Peaches are rich in beta-carotene, which gets converted into vitamin A within the body. Beta-carotene plays an important role in maintaining healthy eyesight and prevents various eye diseases like xerophthalmia and blindness. An investigative research study has shown that the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin present in peaches have positive effects associated with a reduced prevalence of nuclear cataract. As suggested by the studies, lutein and zeaxanthin reside in the macular pigment of the eye and help in protecting the retina from age-related macular degeneration. In addition to this, these components present in peaches guard the retinal tissues against the damage caused by free radicals and the potential injury caused by high-wavelength light.
- Protects Against Anaemia: For those with iron-deficiency anaemia, health experts suggest increasing your dietary intake of iron-rich foods like peaches. Iron helps increase the production of haemoglobin, thereby minimising and preventing anaemia. Peaches also have a high amount of vitamin C that helps your body absorb iron better.
- Control High Cholesterol: Eating peaches regularly may help you to control high cholesterol as well as problems leading to heart disease and diabetes. Mainly thanks to the phenolic compounds contained in peaches, these compounds will prevent the oxidisation of LDL (low-density lipoprotein). Plus, this fruit is high in beta-carotene that is very beneficial in lowering the level of cholesterol in your blood stream.
- Support For Women During Pregnancy: Peaches are very valuable for women during pregnancy due to the wide range of essential minerals and vitamins. Vitamin C helps in healthily growing your bones, teeth, muscles, blood vessels, and skin of your baby. It also stimulates the iron absorption, which is extremely necessary during pregnancy. Plus, the folate contained in peaches will prevent neural tube defects as spina bifida while the potassium content in them will assist in averting your muscle cramps and reducing commonly general fatigue during pregnancy. Moreover, the content of fibre also aids in getting a healthy digestion as well as reducing constipation.
- Immune System: Peaches are rich in ascorbic acid and zinc, which aid in the normal functioning of the body and help to maintain a healthy immune system. Zinc and vitamin C exert effectual wound healing and antioxidant properties that help in fighting infections and reducing the prevalence and severity of diseases such as the common cold, malaria, pneumonia, and diarrhoea. A deficiency of these components can result in oxidative bursts and impaired cellular activity.
Water – g 88.87
Energy – kcal 39
Protein – g 0.91
Total lipid (fat) – g 0.25
Carbohydrate, by difference – g 9.54
Fibre, total dietary – g 1.5
Sugars, total – g 8.39
Calcium, Ca – mg 6
Iron, Fe – mg 0.25
Magnesium, Mg – mg 9
Phosphorus, P – mg 20
Potassium, K – mg 190
Sodium, Na – mg 0
Zinc, Zn – mg 0.17
Vitamin C, total ascorbic acid – mg 6.6
Thiamin – mg 0.024
Riboflavin – mg 0.031
Niacin – mg 0.806
Vitamin B-6 – mg 0.025
Folate, DFE – µg 4
Vitamin B-12 – µg 0
Vitamin A, RAE – µg 16
Vitamin A, IU – IU 326
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol) – mg 0.73
Vitamin D (D2 + D3) – µg 0
Vitamin D – IU 0
Vitamin K (phylloquinone) – µg 2.6
Fatty acids, total saturated – g 0.019
Fatty acids, total monounsaturated – g 0.067
Fatty acids, total polyunsaturated – g 0.086
Fatty acids, total trans – g 0
Cholesterol – mg 0
Caffeine – mg 0