Peaches and Nectarines: They are So Healthy

Peaches are great in salads, chutney, and cakes. In addition, peaches and nectarines are healthy all around. They strengthen our nerves, protect our hearts,s and are real stress killers.

Whether small, flat, large or round. Whether they have smooth or furry skin: peaches and nectarines are popular in Germany. Around four kilos are consumed per capita in one year. This means that the fruits are more popular than, for example, pears or cherries.

Peaches: Low in calories, high in vitamin B3

With around 40 kilocalories per 100 grams and water content of around 90 percent, peaches and nectarines are a light summer treat. In addition to selenium, zinc, and magnesium, peaches contain a great deal of niacin (vitamin B3). Our muscles and skin, but above all our nerves, need niacin in order to be able to regenerate. In addition, our body uses vitamin B3 to form messenger substances in the brain that lift our spirits. Peaches calm our nerves and put us in a good mood. A lot of vitamin C also strengthens the immune system. The abundant polyphenols also have a positive effect on health – they have an anti-inflammatory effect and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases.

Nectarines are potassium suppliers

Nectarines are peach mutants. This means that they were not specially bred, but emerged from the peach at a whim of nature and were then cultivated. They are just as healthy as peaches – especially for our heart: Because nectarines have a lot of potassium, a good 200 milligrams per 100 grams of pulp. That’s a lot more than having apples or pears, for example. Potassium controls our heart function because, as an electrolyte, it regulates cell voltage, for example. Potassium also lowers blood pressure, thereby reducing the risk of stroke.

Peach kernel oil is good for the skin

Peach kernel oil is very popular in the cosmetics industry because it is rich in linoleic acid. This can relieve skin irritation and inhibit inflammation. And the oil contains a lot of oleic acids: oleic acid is one of the omega-9 fatty acids and can also reduce slight skin irritations. Only those who tend to have very oily skin should be careful, as oleic acid can increase skin problems.

Tips for buying peaches and nectarines

Peaches should smell pleasant and should not be hard. Because it usually doesn’t work to finish it at home. Most of the time, the fruit only turns brown and mushy on the inside. Ripe peaches can be stored in the fruit drawer of the refrigerator for about three days.

For several years now, fruit from Germany has also been on sale in July. For example, fruit is grown in the Altes Land near Hamburg. These come straight to the market. Imported fruits, on the other hand, have to be harvested when they are unripe, otherwise, they would not survive the transport to Germany.

Peach nectar and canned fruit, available all year round, are not an alternative to fresh fruit. 100 milliliters of peach nectar contain up to twelve grams of sugar (four sugar cubes), and 100 grams of canned peaches even have 18 grams of sugar (six sugar cubes). And: Many vitamins are lost during processing so canned peaches and nectar are actually just sweets. In addition, neither fruit nor juice has the typical peach taste.

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