Get your peach on

Here in Ontario, a joyous occasion is coming to a close; peach season, and I am proud to say that Ontario peaches really are some of the best you can get. My mom and I anticipate the arrival of fresh, juicy, local peaches every summer, and I have to admit that it’s a little saddening to acknowledge that the end of an era is near.

Although the season is coming to a close, I wanted to do a little bit of research to see what sorts of health benefits peaches can offer to those of us who savour them. This information comes from Healthline.

  • “Peaches are high in fibre, vitamins, and minerals. They also contain beneficial plant compounds like antioxidants, which can help protect your body from ageing and disease.
  • “Peaches contain fibre, which contributes to smooth digestion and a lower risk of gut disorders. Peach flowers also provide certain compounds that appear to support a healthy gut.
  • “Peaches contain compounds that may help reduce risk factors for heart disease, such as high blood pressure, as well as triglyceride and cholesterol levels.
  • “Compounds in peaches and peach flowers may help keep your skin healthy by maintaining moisture and protecting against sun damage.
  • “Compounds found in peaches may offer some protection against cancer by limiting the formation, growth, and spread of cancerous cells.
  • “Peaches may help lower your immune system’s response to allergens, thus reducing allergy symptoms.
  • “Peaches may boost immunity, rid the body of toxins, and reduce blood sugar levels.
  • “Peaches are widely available and can be eaten in a variety of ways. Enjoy them on their own or easily incorporate them into main dishes, sides, smoothies, or desserts,” the article states.

For several of the benefits listed above that peaches can help contribute to, more research is needed to fully understand the potential of these fruity powerhouses and how they can benefit the human body. But, regardless, I think it’s safe to say that peaches are a whole lot more than a wholesome snack.

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