Health and Nutrition

Peaches are low in calories, high in fiber: a medium size peach has just 35 calories and 2.6 grams of fiber.

Peaches are rich in antioxidants, such as Vitamins A & C, important to maintain good health and skin.

"Peaches, plums, and nectarines are a delicious way for everyone to get their 5-a-day," says Pat Baird, MA, RD, and, author of The Pyramid Cookbook. "They are great sources of fiber, vitamins, and minerals, and now we learn they are good sources of antioxidants which are important to good health, and skin."

Summer fruits, like peaches and nectarines, are also very rich in the antioxidants that help to maintain a great complexion. Antioxidants are substances that protect the body by eliminating free radicals which cause cell damage, and can contribute to aging. The sun brings out the free radicals in the skin, but the antioxidants protect the skin's cells by counteracting the free radical activity.

"Summer tree fruits have long been considered a delicious source of nutrition, but, the fact that the benefits extend to promoting healthy skin as well is great news for consumers, especially those interested in maintaining that 'peaches-and-cream' complexion!"

 

Vitamins, fiber and minerals: one peach (provided by USDA SR-21):


Fiber:

2.6 grams

     

Vitamin C:

11.6 mg

Protein:

1.6 grams

 

Potassium:

333 mg

Total fat:

0.4 grams

 

Calcium:

10.5 mg

Vitamin A:

570 IU

 

Magnesium:

15.7 mg