Peaches is not just a great name for a character from the South. I actually grew up in a Romnichal Gypsy family where one distant relative was called Peaches and one was called Tangerine. To this day I still don’t know whether that was their real names or just nicknames. What I do know is that on a sultry summer day when the humidity is so high that you can almost literally suck water from the air through a straw there is almost nothing quite as fun as sinking your teeth into a peach that sends juices down your chin and onto your neck. But wait; it gets even better because, amazing, something as sinfully delicious as a peach is also nutritionally good for you. Will natural wonders never cease?
One large peach can supply you with 10% of the daily amount of potassium you are recommended to ingest. Snack on a few peaches over the course of a day and you will get close to half the potassium that your body needs. What good is potassium? The result of a potassium deficiency can range from chronic headaches to anemia and the result of anemia can be chronic fatigue. The effect of potassium upon the brain can actually reduce the risk of your ever suffering a stroke. Ever get muscle cramps? Those exceedingly painful occurrences can be reduce significantly by making sure you have a few peaches around the house ready for biting into since potassium levels directly effect the ability of muscles to properly and painlessly contract.
The big question here is why you aren’t eating peaches if you are looking to lose weight. Even a large peach adds less than 70 calories to your diet and those calories are gloriously free of fat, cholesterol and sodium. Are you complaining about the tastelessness of what’s on the menu when you are struggling to drops pounds? Then immediately go out and buy some fresh raw peaches. This fruit is all the proof you need that losing weight doesn’t mean you have to give up good tasting food.
Get a large enough peach and in one fell swoop you can have consumed one-fifth of the vitamin C you are recommended to get in a day. You already probably know that vitamin C helps facilitate the healing of infections, but did you know that eating peaches just may put you in a better mood? Vitamin C has the potential to positively impact your mood and that’s not just because eating a juicy peach is in itself a delightful experience. Vitamin C’s effect on neurotransmitters in the brain that affect emotional states could have the effect of elevating mood.