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Packed with flavor and nutritional value, peaches are one of my all-time favorite fruits.
Peaches contain an impressive assortment of nutrients, including fiber, vitamins C, A, E and K, potassium, niacin, copper, and iron. (1) But their health-promoting properties are mainly due to the presence of polyphenols, which deserve a special mention due to their free radical scavenging activities and their ability to promote the growth of beneficial gut bacteria. (2, 3, 4)
Polyphenols in peaches even contain bioactive compounds that may fight off diabetes, heart disease and obesity-related diseases. It’s best to consume peaches in moderation as they contain fructose, which may be harmful to your health and/or cause digestive distress in excessive quantities! (5)
It’s also advised to purchase organic peaches whenever possible, as they can be high in pesticides. For more information on high-pesticide fruits and vegetables, check out the Environmental Working Group’s (EWG) Dirty Dozen list.