There is no better time than the present to start adding more fruit to your diet, as the summer season means the arrival of peaches, plums, cherries, apricots, and nectarines. As you savor the taste of a delectable, perfectly ripe piece of stone fruit, know that you are not only taking a bite of pure summer bliss, you are also promoting your health! Scientific studies have shown that stone fruit (any member of the Prunus genus, which has a large, hard seed surrounded by juicy flesh) has a remarkable number of health benefits, including the potential to fight cancer and to promote cardiovascular health. The phytochemicals in stone fruit, (which are plant compounds that cause the bright colors in fruit and other plants), have been shown to exhibit antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties which are thought to protect against chronic diseases. Studies done by Texas A&M show that stone fruit contains bioactive compounds that can fight off obesity-related type 2 diabetes, and that they may reduce the oxidation of bad cholesterol, which is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Another Texas A&M study revealed that peach and plum extracts were able to kill the most aggressive type of breast cancer cells without harming normal cells!
Dr. Foodle highly recommends adding more stone fruit into your diet to protect against chronic disease and promote overall good health because:
You don’t have to limit yourself to eating peaches and plums on their own (although we won’t stop you!) Try Dr. Foodle’s top tips for incorporating these versatile fruits into every meal! Comment below and tell Dr. Foodle your favorite ways to eat stone fruit!
Dr. Foodle’s Stone Fruit Tips
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications. “Peaches, plums induce deliciously promising death of breast cancer cells.” Science Daily. Science Daily, 2 June 2010. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/06/100602111145.htm>.
Texas A&M AgriLife Communications. “Peaches, plums, nectarines give obesity, diabetes slim chance.” Science Daily. Science Daily, 18 June 2012. <www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2012/06/120618132921.htm>.
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