Did you know that nectarines were named after the Greek god Nekter? These delicious little fruits have been adored for years because of their sweet and juicy flavor. You can eat them by themselves or include them in salads or fruit salsa. When purchasing nectarines, be sure to look for ones that are moderately firm and brightly colored. The fruit is ready to eat when the flesh is soft to touch and smells fruity. Here are some of the health benefits of eating nectarines.
- Nectarines are a good source of beta-carotene, an antioxidant that the body converts to vitamin A.
- One medium-sized nectarine has 65 calories.
- The flesh of a nectarine is rich in antioxidants, especially carotenoids, that help protect our bodies from cancer and other diseases.
- Nectarines are high in pectin, a soluble fiber that helps control blood cholesterol levels.
- The skin of a nectarine is full of fiber, which helps to promote a health digestive system.
- Looking to include more potassium into your diet? Nectarines are full of this energizing nutrient
References: Reader’s Digest, Foods that Harm, Foods that Heal. 2004. Metro Books, New York, NY.