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9 Health Benefits of Peaches You’ll Be Glad to Know

These juicy fruits are perfect for summertime desserts and making sweet-and-savory salsas. You'll be glad to learn that they aren't just delicious; there are actually a number of health benefits of peaches, too!

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Packed Full of Nutrients

Peaches are a super healthy addition to your daily diet. They’re low in calories—only 60 calories in each cup—and they’re a great source of fiber, potassium and vitamins A and C. They’ll also satisfy your sweet tooth without weighing you down! Pick some up at the farmers market—and read on for more ways peaches do your body good.

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Help with Weight Loss

Peaches aren’t a miracle weight-loss cure, but they can help you shed a few extra pounds! They make an excellent low-calorie snack, and adding them to oatmeal or pancakes makes your healthy breakfast that much more delicious. Plus, each cup has 10 percent of your daily recommended fiber intake to help you feel fuller for longer.

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Good for Your Skin

Because peaches have such a high vitamin C content, your skin will look and feel great after eating this juicy fruit! Vitamin C can smooth wrinkles and lighten dark circles under your eyes. Make a rejuvenating face mask by mashing half a peach and combining it with a tablespoon of yogurt. Rub it onto your face and wash it off after 10 to 15 minutes.

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Fight Free Radicals

Peaches are an excellent source of the antioxidant vitamin C. In addition to its skin-improving properties, this antioxidant can fight free radicals that cause cancer. The freshest peaches contain the most antioxidants, so hit the farmer’s market and whip up a few peachy desserts!

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Support Heart Health

Studies have shown that peaches have compounds with anti-obesity and anti-inflammatory properties to reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol that can lead to cardiovascular disease. Plus, they’re loaded with potassium, which lowers the risk of heart disease. To keep your heart healthy, don’t eat these foods.

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Improve Digestion

Peaches are a great source of dietary fiber—both soluble and insoluble—which helps move food through your gut while also slowing the down digestion. It also controls spikes in blood sugar glucose, making peaches a great food for people with diabetes.

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Naturally Detox Your System

Detox foods help cleanse your body from the inside out. Like most fruits, peaches act as a diuretic, flushing out toxins from your kidneys and bladder. The antioxidants in peaches may also assist in removing toxins from the liver.

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Improve Eye Health

In general, eating fruit can help decrease the risk of age-related macular degeneration, but peaches also contain phytonutrients that can protect your eyes. Lutein and zeaxanthin can protect your eyes from light-related damage, and they may help prevent vision loss, too. Here are more foods nutritionists eat every day (and so should you).

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Reduce Stress

We’re always looking for easy ways to reduce stress! Peaches contain magnesium, which promotes a healthy nervous system and improves the quality of your sleep. In Hungary, they call peaches the “fruit of calmness” because of their anxiety-reducing effects.

Lindsay D. Mattison
After years of working in professional kitchens, Lindsay traded her knives in for the pen. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to turn local, seasonal ingredients into beautiful meals for her family.