5 Surprising Ways Peaches Benefit Your Health
We have great news for you…peach season isn’t over yet!
While it’s true our famous Sweet Georgia Peaches are now out of season (they’re at their best earlier in the summer), you can still enjoy the amazing flavor of Hale peaches with our longer-seasoned Orchard Fresh Peaches. These sweet and juicy gourmet peaches are amazing when eaten fresh out of hand, grilled, or baked into a pie – but did you know peaches are super-good for you, too?
Maybe you did – after all, it’s no secret fruits and veggies are good for us (in fact, the USDA recommends eating five to nine servings of fruits and vegetables each day). But it might surprise you to learn just how eating a peach benefits your health when you make it a regular part of your diet.
Read on to discover 5 surprising peach health benefits:
- Peaches make you see better. Carrots have long had a reputation for being the food that keeps your eyes healthy. That’s because they’re full of beta-carotene, the antioxidant that gives them their orange hue and that your body processes into vision-enhancing vitamin A. But carrots aren’t the only source of vitamin A – peaches are also chockfull of beta-carotene (as can be seen by their golden-red color).Fun fact: Vitamin A is also beneficial to the immune system.
- Peaches give you glowing skin. Ever hear someone described as having a “peaches-and-cream” complexion? That’s usually considered a good thing, and in a way it’s no accident – peaches are full of vitamin E, an antioxidant responsible for helping your skin cells stay healthy and young.Fun fact: Vitamin E also helps prevent gout.
- Peaches give you a prettier your smile. Fluoride is a mineral that occurs naturally and is released from rocks into the soil, water, and air. Americans tend to get fewer cavities since public health measures began adding fluoride to drinking water, but did you know that peaches are also a source of fluoride? Each time you bite into a peach, you do battle with cavity-causing germs.Fun fact: Flouride also helps prevent bad breath.
- Peaches strengthen your bones. Does osteoporosis run in your family? Perhaps you’re careful to take calcium and vitamin D supplements to help prevent bone loss as you grow older, but potassium (which is found in peaches) also helps prevent bone loss.Fun fact: potassium also helps prevent kidney stones.
- Peaches keep you regular. Like many fruits and vegetables, peaches are high in fiber. Fiber is great for your digestion, enabling soft, regular bowel movements and reducing constipation. Fiber’s ability to clean bacteria and other building out of the intestines helps lower your risk for colon cancerFun fact: A diet high in fiber makes you feel full, which in turn can help you lose weight and keep it off.
Different Uses of Peaches? Try Gifting Them!
Surprise someone special with an unexpected peach gift! Orchard Fresh Peaches from Hale Groves are always perfectly fresh and perfectly sweet, unlike any peaches you’ll find in chain stores. Give them fresh, or – if you have an abundance – you can make them into pies, preserves or made into a tropical salsa.
So, what’s so great about peaches? They’re healthy, make great gifts, and are delicious ways to take care of your body. Enjoy peach season while it lasts!