It has velvety and fuzzy texture with distinct sweet and sour taste, peaches are one of those special fruits that have earned both admirers and detractors. Originally hailing from south-east Asia, peaches are stone fruit that is packed with a host of healthy and healing antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. They are loaded with beta-carotene, lycopene and lutein, which are known to have protective effects for eyes and heart. Peaches are also profuse with vitamin C, which is known to promote skin health by boosting collagen production. The presence of lutein, an antioxidant that helps fight free radical damage, helps keep the skin healthy and youthful. Peaches are also known for their rich diuretic properties. Since peaches are high in potassium, they negate bad effects of sodium and help maintain good water balance in the body. The high potassium, magnesium and phosphorous content also make peach a good bet for people with high blood pressure.
One of the most prominent benefits of peaches is its role in weight loss. Nutritionists and health experts around the world often recommend adding peaches to your daily diet for its amazing weight loss benefits. According to the book, 'Healing Foods' by DK Publishing House, peaches have "phenolic compounds that are known to have anti-obesity, anti-inflammatory and anti-diabetic properties, and regular composition of peaches can help metabolic syndrome. Here are some solid reasons why you would be compelled to add peaches to your weight loss diet too.
One of the most prominent benefits of peaches is its role in weight loss
1. High Fibre Content
Peaches are rich in dietary fibre. A 100-gram of peaches contain 1.6 grams of fibre. Fibres delays the digestion. Fibre adds bulk to the stool thereby facilitating smoother bowel movement and digestion. A healthy digestion is essential to fire up metabolism that triggers weight loss. Fibre also helps the body stay fuller for longer and check cravings.
2. Low In Calories
If you are on a weight reduction diet, your dietitian or nutritionist may have told you to keep a tab on your calorie intake. A 100-gram of peaches contain only 39 calories. Calorie is a unit of measurement used to indicate the amount of energy released when the body breaks down (digests and absorbs) food. As the food breaks down and is digested, it releases calories. When it releases more calories than needed by the body as energy to sustain, the extra calories get stored as fat. As long as your body is using up all the calories released by the food you eat, you may be able to maintain your weight. Whenever there is an imbalance, which is when you tend to gain weight. The low calories in peaches make it an ideal fruit for those who are on a calorie restricted diet.
This peach salad is made with a healthy mix of vibrant peaches, lettuce, croutons and creamy walnut cheese balls. And you thought weight loss was a boring affair?
This peach salad is made with a healthy mix of vibrant peaches, lettuce and croutons
3. Peach Smoothie
CommentsMake yourself a healthy and delicious peach smoothie in the comforts of your kitchen. Take a blender, add some fresh peaches. Now, put some yogurt and honey. Blend for about 30 seconds until you get smooth smoothie. Throw in some ice and blend again. Pour into glasses and serve.