Love the fuzz. Peaches are jam-packed with vitamin C, a vitamin that helps you prevent colds. Vitamin C protects you from catching the cold that's been going around the office, and keeps your skin glowing while you’re doing it. Peaches share similar benefits with its close cousin, nectarines. I’m sure you’ve noticed the family resemblance.
While peaches and nectarines can replace each other in a recipe, one of these yummy fruits is better than the other. Both are considered a “stone fruit” because of the single large seed in the center. They are considered equally nutritious. They look identical, until the velvety skin of the peach gives it away. So what gives? Why eat peaches?
The subtle difference between peaches and nectarines stems from one genetic gene. This gene determines what type of skin the fruit will have. It makes peaches fuzzy and the skin of nectarines smooth.
Whether you’ve been blending with us for a while or you’re just starting, you’ll notice we use peaches more frequently in our recipes. This is because, though the fruits provide the same nutrients, nectarines are more susceptible to diseases that cause bacteria spots and quicken rotting. I’m all about limiting waste around my house, so if it spoils fast, I don’t want it around.
Peaches are a safe way to avoid bacteria spots. They are also a delicious way to add vitamin C to your diet. This fuzzy fruit contains about 15% of the suggested daily intake of vitamin C, a strong antioxidant essential to maintaining and healing the body. Vitamin C is necessary for the building of connective tissue inside the body, which keeps your body healthy on a cellular level.
Vitamin C has a ton of health benefits. It builds resistance against infections, which prevents colds. Can I get an amen?! It also eliminates free radicals, so more serious illnesses like cancer are less likely to happen.
The antioxidant is also useful for reducing wrinkles and improving overall skin texture- giving skin a healthy glow. Who doesn’t want that? It compounds these side effects by healing any sun damage to the skin. It also helps the body create collagen, a protein used in bones, muscles, skin, and tendons. Collagen is an essential ingredient for maintaining a youthful looking face because it helps skin retain its tightness and prevents wrinkles. #yesplease
Not only does vitamin C help maintain so many of the body’s systems, it is also super beneficial for expectant mothers and their babies. Vitamin C helps the growth of the bones, teeth, skin, muscles, and blood vessels of your sweet bundle of joy. It also allows the body to absorb iron, an essential vitamin during pregnancy.
I’m not going to say that you can’t ever eat a nectarine. If you have one on hand or get a few on a great deal, go for it! But if when you’re grocery shopping, keep these benefits in mind the next time you’re debating between the two in the produce aisle.
In honor of our love for peaches, let’s blend up a delicious Almond Peach Blueberry Green Smoothie.
Almond Peach Blueberry
Give your immune system a boost with this green smoothie. Fresh peaches jam-packed with vitamin C and blueberries, a natural immunity booster, combine to keep you healthy in any season.
- 2 cups fresh spinach
- 2 cups almond milk unsweetened
- 2 peaches pitted
- 1 cup blueberries
- 2 tbsp almond butter
Blend spinach and almond milk together until smooth.
Add remaining ingredients and blend again.
*Use frozen fruit to make smoothie cold.