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Should we say "A Peach A Day?"
Peaches, actually, originated in China where eating for health is not only a priority, it is a mindset. A “mindset” we would be wise to adopt. This delectable fruit was believed to increase longevity, and for good reason. Here are some of the nutritional information of peaches:
- Potassium: Peaches provide a high source of this mineral. A deficiency in potassium can cause fatigue, anxiety, muscle weakness, skin problems, poor memory, hypertension, cardiac arrhythmia, congestive heart failure or heart deterioration, and vibration in your ears.
- Beta-carotene: The body changes beta-carotene to Vitamin A. It is essential for supporting your vision, skin, healthy bone growth and your immune system. As an antioxidant vitamin A helps skin to repair, stay moist, and produce the enzymes that stabilize the production of collagen. If you’re after strong, silky locks, you’ll want to remember that vitamin A is also good for your hair.
- Lycopene and lutein: Also part of the carotene family, these elements give color to the peach. They help prevent macular degeneration, cancer, and heart disease.
- Fiber: Fiber does a body good and you can find two types in peaches have two types: insoluble fiber, which doesn't dissolve in water and soluble fiber, which does. Insoluble fiber is good for you because it collects water and increases the bulk of the stool. Helping you push more of the waste out. This means your body can absorb more nutrients. Soluble fiber is equally important. It takes longer to break down which helps control blood sugar and it binds with fatty acids to help control cholesterol.
- Vitamin C: This antioxidant helps fight cancer by improving the immune system and preventing cellular change.
- Iron: When you eat a peach, you get almost as much usable iron as spinach. Eat up ladies!
“Peachy” Green Smoothie
- 2 peaches, sliced and pitted
- 1 banana
- 3 large handfuls of spinach
- 1/3 cup Greek yogurt (honey flavored)
- 1 tbsp. agave sweetener or honey
- 1 cup water
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