PEACH BENEFIT -THE BOMB OF
ANTIOXIDANTS
Peaches are one of the best-selling fruits in the United States. Peaches are juicy,
sweet and delicious. Peaches are best eaten fresh, but they are also frozen, canned
and used in a variety of ways such as jam, jelly, brandy, juice and baby food. You can
add a slice of peach to a bowl of cereal to enhance the flavor and nutritional value.
Peaches [Prunus persica (L.) Batsch] belong to rosaceae family. Same as other
members in the family, peaches are rich sources of minerals, vitamins and
carbohydrates. Peaches contain iron, potassium, niacin, phosphorus, calcium,
thiamin B1, riboflavin B2, and large amounts of vitamins C and A. [1]

In addition to the large amounts of “traditional” nutritional values, peach is also a
good source of various anti-oxidants. The ranges of total ascorbic acid (vitamin C) (in
mg/100 g of fresh weight) were 6-9 (white-flesh peaches), 4-13 (yellow-flesh
peaches), and 3-10 (plums).  Total carotenoids concentrations (in microg/100 g of
fresh weight) were 7-20 (white-flesh peaches), 71-210 (yellow-flesh peaches), and 70-
260 (plums). Total phenolics (in mg/100 g of fresh weight) were 28-111 (white-flesh
peaches), 21-61 (yellow-flesh peaches), and 42-109 (plums). [2]

The contributions of phenolic compounds to antioxidant activity were much greater
than those of vitamin C and carotenoids. There was a strong correlation (0.93-0.96)
between total phenolics and antioxidant activity of peaches, and plums. [2]
Peach flesh extracts, peel extracts and whole peach extracts may have benefits on
various chronic diseases as they demonstrated the ability to inhibit LDL oxidation. [3]
Inhibition of LDL oxidation varied from 17.0 to 37.1% in peach flesh extract, from 15.2
to 49.8% in whole peach extract, and from 18.2 to 48.1% in peel extract. Total
phenols were 432.8-768.1 mg/kg in flesh extract, 483.3-803.0 mg/kg in whole extract,
and 910.9-1922.9 mg/kg in peel extract. The correlation coefficient between relative
LDL antioxidant activity and concentration of total phenols was 0.76. [3]

Go and order some fresh peaches or peach extracts. Remember that peaches do not
get any sweeter once they are picked. Avoid the green ones, if you want a sweet
peach.

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REFERENCES
[1] Peach - Prunus persica , MarkÂ’s Fruit Crops, The University of Georgia, Online Publication,
September 19, 2005. [2] Gil MI et al, Antioxidant capacities, phenolic compounds, carotenoids,
and vitamin C contents of nectarine, peach, and plum cultivars from California. J Agric Food
Chem. 2002 Aug 14;50(17):4976-82. [3] Chang S et al, Low-density lipoprotein antioxidant
activity of phenolic compounds and polyphenol oxidase activity in selected clingstone peach
cultivars. J Agric Food Chem. 2000 Feb;48(2):147-51. [4] Locally Grown, Peaches, The Green
Line, News on gardening, health & nutritrion from University of Illinois Extension, Online
Publication, September 19, 2005.
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