How Many Calories Are in a Peach?
A medium-sized peach (150g) contains around 58 calories. Based on the information provided by the USDA, one small peach (2.5 inches in diameter (130g) contains approximately contain 51 calories.
Other nutritional information (medium-sized peach)
- Protein: 1 gram
- Fat: less than 1 gram
- Carbs: 14 grams
- Fiber: 2 grams
- Vitamin C: 17% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Vitamin A: 10% of the DV
- Potassium: 8% of the DV
- Niacin: 6% of the DV
- Vitamin E: 5% of the DV
- Vitamin K: 5% of the DV
- Copper: 5% of the DV
- Manganese: 5% of the DV
- Peaches also offer smaller amounts of magnesium, phosphorus, iron, and some B vitamins.
Peach Health Benefits
- Peaches are packed with antioxidants, especially vitamin C which can seek and destroy free radicals that may lead to lead to heart disease, stroke, cancer, and other chronic inflammatory diseases. In addition, vitamin C can help boost the body’s immune system and cell regeneration.
- Peaches are also a decent source of fiber. Fiber helps remove cholesterol from the body and can also help to control blood sugars. The Insoluble fiber content of the peach adds bulk to the stool and helps move through the gut, reducing the chances of constipation.
Fiber can also help promote weight loss as fibers take longer to suggest and can keep you full longer.
- Peaches promote a healthy heart. Peaches contain monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fat which are heart-friendly fats.
- Carotenoids found in peaches can be synthesized by the body into vitamin A. Essential for immune health and vision.
Some people are known to develop allergies to peaches and other stone fruits, especially individuals who are allergic to birch pollen. This may be because the protein in peaches is similar to the protein found in birch pollen. Symptoms may include itchiness of the mouth and throat, swelling of the lips, mouth, tongue and/or throat. If allergic symptoms occur, consult your doctor and seek medical advice.
Peaches are listed among the Environmental Working Groups “dirty dozen” which is a list of foods most likely to expose consumers to pesticides. So wash your peaches thoroughly before consumption or buy organic products.
- Georgia Peach – Mid May to mid-August
- South Carolina – Mid June to Late August
- Florida Peach – April to May
- California Peach – Late June to mid-September
- Idaho Peach – Late June to late-August
Peaches will continue to ripen at room temperature. Once ripe you can refrigerate them if you wish to eat them at a later time, however, you should consume your peaches within two to three days.
Peaches pack a lot of health benefits and are widely available. It is a wondrous versatile food you can enjoy as is or mix and match with other dishes, smoothies, and desserts. They can also be grilled, sautéed, and stewed, and on top of that, they can be dried and preserved.