The calories in large peach are only 70 but more important for weight management and health is its many other powerful nutritional benefits. To discover peaches are a symbol of immortality and friendship go to Health Benefits of Peaches
- One large peach has less than 70 calories and contains 3 grams of fiber.
- It is a good source of vitamins A and C.
- There are 1.5 grams of protein and 0.4 grams of fat in one large peach.
- A large peach provides 332 mg potassium, nearly 10 percent of the daily recommended amount.
- Contain high quantity of antioxidants, especially chlorogenic acid which reduces inflammation and controls the body’s aging process.
Amount Per 100 grams
|Total fat 0.2 g||0%|
|Saturated fat 0 g||0%|
|Polyunsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Monounsaturated fat 0.1 g|
|Cholesterol 0 mg||0%|
|Sodium 0 mg||0%|
|Potassium 190 mg||5%|
|Total Carbohydrate 10 g||3%|
|Dietary fiber 1.5 g||6%|
|Sugar 8 g|
|Protein 0.9 g||1%|
|Vitamin A||6%||Vitamin C||11%|
|Vitamin B-6||0%||Vitamin B-12||0%|
*Per cent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Sources include: USDA
Caution: The peach pit contains hydrocyanic acid which is a poisonous substance. Since it does not taste good, most people are unlikely to eat it.
History of Peaches
Peaches have been grown since the prehistoric ages and were first cultivated in China. They are considered a Chinese symbol of immortality and friendship. The Romans thought the peach originated in Persia; its Latin name reflects this: ‘Prunus persica’ meaning ‘Persian Apples ’.
- Peach trees first came to America by Columbus on his second and third voyages.
- The first peach orchard in the USA was established in Florida in 1565.
- In 1779, peaches were harvested at the mouth of the Niagara River in Canada for local consumption.
- By 1875, there were 375,000 peach trees in Ontario, Canada (not one of those varieties remains today).
To learn more about the health benefits of peaches and some great peach recipes go to 16 Health Benefits Peaches
To learn how to get the maximum taste and benefits from peaches go to How to Pick, Store and Cook Peaches