Nectarine, my summer essential, turns out to be extra close to a peach. The only main different is that peaches have a fuzzy coating, whereas nectarines are smooth.
Gotta admit, this one made me think I know very less about nectarines. Well, it’s pretty obvious, that these are fruits and, cause of that, healthy. But let’s dig a little deeper and take a look at nectarines’ benefits (from the BMJ, The Guardian and organicfacts.net):
- extra good antioxidant defense. Nectarines have a great amount of vitamin C and beta-carotene (in higher concentration in the skin of the fruit). These assist in neutralizing the damaging effects of oxygen free molecules;
- digestion help. Fiber in nectarines is perfect for maintaining digestive health. It prevents problems such as gastritis or constipation;
- adios diabetes. Reasonable amounts of nectarines slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream cause of fiber, too;
- anemia prevention. Anemia is a condition when there is a huge lack of red blood cells in the body. Iron is an essential mineral needed to produce these. Tho nectarine is not rich in iron, vitamin C found in nectarine helps to increase iron absorption in the body;
- fighting hypokalemia. That’s a deficiency of potassium in the body, which may degrade the muscular health and may cause cardiac arrhythmia. Potassium in nectarines, which is essential for proper nerve function and the functioning of muscles, helps there;
- boosts immunity. These fruits also enhance the immune defense mechanism of the body. Already mentioned vitamin C and zinc increase body’s ability to fight various infections. These defending components reduce the risk and intensity of diseases such as malaria or common cold; also lead to a fast recovery of wounds;
- vision improvement. Nectarines contain lutein, an important nutrient which improves eye health. Beta-carotene in the fruit encourages the synthesis of vitamin A, which prevents diseases such as blindness;
So, as you can see, there are many benefits of nectarines. These fruits are sometimes also called great cancer preventors or even the best choice for pregnant ones.
It was almost impossible to find negative sides of nectarines. Of course, overconsuming these might raise the sugar levels in blood, but, with moderation, these fruits are definitely the best choice for a hot sunny summer day.
But there is one big problem related to the way we consume nectarines. This struggle is relevant when eating other fruits, too, but tendencies with nectarines are pretty much shocking.
Many people think that, for example, eating a yogurt with nectarine slices equals eating this fruit in an usual way. Or that few spoons of nectarines jam make them healthier. No, my dearest, products with nectarines, first of all, include so much additional sugar. And sometimes those small slices are nothing but nectarine substitutes.
So, as a proper example of nectarines consumption, take this amazing recipe:
I)Prepare your ice lolly mould, ready to use;
2)Blend 1/2 cup of a plain yogurt (sugar free one) until smooth;
3)Pour it into the moulds about 1/2 of the way up;
4)Blend the nectarine and gently spoon the mixture on top of the yogurt mix;
5)Freeze for at least 24 hours before removing from the mould and eating
So I hope you’re having a wonderful weekend
Stay healthy and happy((: