There are only 18 sleeps to summer, and you know what that means, right?
Yep, summer’s treasure trove of fruits is upon us.
Summer’s fruits are the season’s way of telling us that we need a quick source of energy and hydration to get through its long, hot days. And stone fruits get our pick!
The mighty stone fruit family includes peaches, cherries, nectarines, apricots and plums. And we think they’re all delicious, but that’s not the only reason to eat them.
Here are 5 body-loving reasons to get some stone fruits into you this summer:
1. Keeps you regular
With the soft skin and flesh, stone fruits are full of fibre. Fibre helps you to cleanse your insides by encouraging healthy bowel movement. It also keeps you feeling full for longer, and, for this reason, has shown to benefit diabetes (see below) and control weight.
2. Protects your eyesight
The vibrant yellow-fleshed nectarines and peaches, and especially apricots are rich in beta-carotene — an important antioxidant and the precursor to vitamin A. Vitamin A can help to protect your eyesight. It’s also required for healthy skin and mucus membranes, and for night vision.
3. Reduces inflammation & boosts the immune system
Stone fruits are full of phytonutrients that act as antioxidants. Antioxidants have been shown to prevent oxygen damage to fats, which helps to reduce chronic inflammation and protect against many modern lifestyle diseases. Also high in the antioxidant Vitamin C, stone fruits also give a boost to your immune system.
4. Promotes nerve and muscle health
Bananas are not the only fruit with high levels of potassium. Stone fruit contain high amounts of this mineral too, which is essential nerve and muscle health. Potassium deficiency can lead to fatigue, irritability and increased blood pressure.
5. Fights-off obesity-related diabetes
Research has shown that peaches, plums and nectarines have bioactive compounds that can potentially fight-off obesity-related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. To us, this makes sense, since these fragrant and juicy fruits are full of fibre and antioxidants.
Now that you know how healthy stone fruits are, why don’t you enjoy them while they’re in season?
You can grill them, bake them, poach them — or eat them messily over the sink with the juice running down your chin and arm. They’re also great in cakes, flans and muffins too.
Just remember to go organic, as stone fruit are known for retaining pesticide residue.
So come in store and get your favourite stone fruit for a delicious, peachy summer!
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