Summertime is peach time, when the delicious stone fruits are at the peak of their nutritional goodness and flavor. Peaches come in a variety of colors, shapes, and sizes and can be used in so many ways in your diet. They taste amazing in salad, fresh salsas, pie, desserts and baked goodies, smoothies, topped on oatmeal or pancakes, or eaten on their own whole as the juices drip down your face. Yum!

  • Peaches are filled with fiber, potassium, and Vitamin C; all things that can contribute to a healthy heart.
  • A 2012 study from Texas A&M University found that peaches, and other stone fruits, have been shown to prevent obesity-related diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, and metabolic syndrome. Peaches have four major phenolic compounds (anthocyanins, chlorogenic acids, quercetins and catechins) that work together to prevent obesity related diseases.
  • Peaches are packed with Vitamin C, an antioxidant that helps fight free radicals and makes your skin glow. Vitamin C helps prevent sun damage and wrinkles, and is a key component in the formation of collagen, which supports your healthy skin.

Vegukate Tips:

Always buy organic peaches. Not only do they taste so much better, but peaches are always found at the top of the EWG’s Dirty Dozen list.

Purchase peaches that are rich in color and feel slightly soft if lightly squeezed. Pass on overripe and squishy peaches with cuts or bruises. You can store unripe peaches at room temperature before transferring to the refrigerator where they will keep for 2-3 days.