Are Peaches Good for Weight Loss?
So are peaches good for weight loss? We’ll get to that a little later, first let me share some nutritional facts about peaches.
Peach Nutrition Facts
- Peaches are low in calories. 100 grams of peaches provides roughly 39 calories and contains no saturated fats. Peaches also contain a number of compounds, minerals, and vitamins that promote good health.
- Its total ORAC value, the measure of antioxidant strength, is 1814 TE (Torolox Equivalent) per 100 grams of peach.
- Eating fresh peaches will provide you with a moderate source of Vitamin C. Vitamin C helps develop resistance against infections and help scavenge harmful free radicals.
- Peaches also provide a small amount of vitamin A and ß-carotene. Vitamin A improves vision and is also essential for maintaining healthy skin. ß-carotene is a pro-vitamin that eventually converts to vitamin-A inside the body. Vitamin A-rich fruits are also known to boost protection from lung and oral cavity cancers.
- Peaches are rich in minerals like potassium, which is a component of cell and body fluids that help regulate heart rate and blood pressure, fluoride for your bones and teeth, and iron, a mineral required for red blood cell formation.
Now to answer the question.
- To lose weight you need to consume fewer calories than you expend. The inclusion of a low-calorie food into your diet will definitely help you attain your goal. Sweet peaches are perfect for such a diet program since they only contain 68 calories per 6 ounces of peach; they pack much fewer calories than your typical snacks.
- Most of you would probably agree that one of the keys to a successful weight loss program is to suppress the appetite. You tend to eat less when you feel full for a longer period of time. This is where those sweet peaches can help. Its sugar and carbohydrate content is efficient in satisfying hunger and satiating the sweet cravings.
- A large peach fruit can provide 2.5 grams of dietary fiber. The fiber not only makes you feel full but it can only make you feel full longer as fiber takes longer to break down when it comes to digestion. So, you eat less by feeling full longer. Also, 89% of a peaches’ weight is water, another calorie-free nutrient that is heavy in the belly.
Peach nutrition trivia
Did you know that an ounce of potato chips is equal to 25 pieces or 6-ounces of peaches?
Stick to fresh peaches
Processed peaches contain higher calories and therefore may be counter-beneficial for weight loss. Dried peaches of course have lower water content and they also have higher calorie per ounce. Sweetened frozen peaches 118 calories per half-cup. Canned peaches are packed with syrup and therefore contain more calories.
Where to get fresh peaches
Peaches are seasonal fruits. You can probably buy them from your local fruit stand when in season. Ideally, you can also sign up for a fruit subscription and have them delivered once they are season. This way you can be sure to get these healthy fruits and enjoy them once they come into season.