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Featured Health Tip: Eat Peaches

When you’re feeling sluggish, ditch the caffeine and reach for a peach.

It’s the middle of the afternoon, your head is slowly drifting towards your desk and not even a giant iced coffee can save you from your afternoon slump. If this sounds familiar, you may want to ditch the caffeine and grab a peach instead.

Benefits of Peaches: They are loaded with potassium, a vital nutrient for fighting fatigue. Potassium also helps fight against those painful muscle cramps or you may get in your feet and legs when sitting at your desk all day. Just one large peach has 185 milligrams of potassium and less than 70 calories, according to the USDA national nutrient database.

Pick it Out: First, you want to look for a peach without any bruises or marks. Next, smell the peach; it should give off a strong sweet scent. Finally, give the peach a squeeze; it should give a little. Also, remember peaches have a shorter shelf life than other fruit, so try and enjoy your peaches within a few days of purchasing.

Enjoy it: Next time you have the grill fired up for your main meal, throw a few peach slices on too. Grill for about ten minutes and top with Sugar Free Cool Whip for a healthy summer dessert.

JJ July 26, 2011 at 08:29 PM
Maybe once in awhile, but the average peach will run about 15g sugar i.e. carbohydrate. I would say avoid the carbs, drink a coffee au natural and if you're hungry munch on a handful of almonds. Think I'm exaggerating about the sugar? Check out http://www.sugarstacks.com/fruits.htm which will show you the sugar content in many fruits. Listening to the USDA for any advice is like sleeping on railroad tracks while you wait for the train to arrive. In both, you will not get the result you're after. Also, calorie counting is a failed idea. I can give you plenty of food comparisons that have the same calories but drastic differences on what it does to your body. I'm not saying don't eat fruit, but don't eat them for energy and limit your sugar intake as much as possible. Don't forget to buy those peaches organic - they are on the most recent dirty dozen list: http://www.thedailygreen.com/healthy-eating/eat-safe/dirty-dozen-foods#fbIndex5 They have been shown to have more than 60 pesticides http://www.whatsonmyfood.org/food.jsp?food=PC Again, the FDA will tell you not to worry about those pesticides...feel free to give them to your children.
CJ23 July 27, 2011 at 01:41 PM
Seems to me like the argument is for the high content of potassium and yummium.
JJ July 27, 2011 at 03:22 PM
If the argument was for potassium, you can get about 4x that amount by eating much healthier (i.e. no sugar) cooked spinach. However, the real crux of the article is that when you need something now and coffee is available, ditch the coffee and grab a readily available peach. The article argues peaches will pick you up from a slump. The cause has already been determined as a potassium deficiency. I'm not seeing the logic.

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