If you love peaches than this is the month for you. August is National Peach Month, the perfect time for indulging in these naturally sweet treats. Whether you like peach cake or ice cream, take advantage of peak peach season and use this month to enjoy the many health benefits of peaches.
Peaches originated in China in 1000 B.C. In Chinese mythology, peaches were considered the “fruit of immortality.” Today, peaches symbolize longevity and prosperity, and their popularity extends far beyond the East.
Peaches are now produced in countries like Italy, Spain, and Greece. They are also grown across the United States, from Georgia to California. There are over 700 varieties of peaches with imaginative names such as “June Gold,” “Ruby Prince,” and “Queen Crest.” One peach contains many of the necessary vitamins and minerals for a healthy diet, including vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B3, and manganese. Peaches also contain fiber and protein.
Are you feeling peachy-keen for some peaches? Want to learn more about the health benefits of peaches? Check out the list below.
- Safeguard your eyes by eating peaches. Having a balanced diet is important for protecting your eyes from age-related eye diseases. Many nutrients can preserve eye health, including beta-carotene, vitamin E, and vitamin C. Mayo Clinic eye and nutrition experts recommend eating peaches for better eye health.
- Certain peaches can help fight breast cancer. Scientists from the Texas AgriLife Research team have found that peach and plum extracts can fight cancerous cells. In the study, two phenolic compounds (chlorogenic and neochlorogenic) in the fruit extracts killed the cancer cells without harming normal cells. The peaches used in the study were called “Rich Lady,” so consider adding some of these peaches to your diet.
- Prevent obesity and obesity-related health problems with peaches. Scientists from the same organization, Texas AgriLife Research, found even more helpful reasons for including peaches in our daily diet. In the study, the researchers studied peaches, plums, and nectarines. They found that four major compounds (anthocyanins, clorogenic acids, catechins, and quercetin derivatives) helped fight off obesity and obesity-related health problems, including diabetes and cardiovascular disease.