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Nutrition Profile

Ripe ‘N Ready peaches, plums, and nectarines are sweet, juicy, and delicious, and they're more than good tasting. Fresh peaches, plums and nectarines from Ripe ‘N Ready contain no fat. They are also sodium-free and cholesterol-free. These attributes make them welcome additions to a heart-healthy lifestyle.

All three fruits are good sources of vitamin C and contain other important vitamins and minerals, including potassium and vitamin A. Each provides beneficial fiber.

Fresh peaches, nectarines and plums from Ripe ‘N Ready are good sources of healthy carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are the nutrients known to be a vital source of energy for the body. Combined with their other healthful components, these three summertime fruits are an important part of a well-balanced diet.

All three fruits also contain beneficial phytonutrients, antioxidants, and carotenoids. Peaches and plums are known to contain flavonoids.

Phytonutrients are thought to play a key role in human health. Currently, studies indicate that phytonutrients may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases, such as cancer, heart disease, arthritis and eye ailments.

Antioxidants help prevent damage to cells caused by free radicals and oxidation, and are believed to stimulate the immune system. Peaches, nectarines and plums contain antioxidants that may provide health benefits, including protection against cancer, heart disease and diseases associated with aging.

Carotenoids play a part in eye health. Peaches, plums, and nectarines contain beta carotene, plus the two carotenoids that maintain eye health. Lutein and zeaxanthin filter and shield the eye from sunlight, thereby protecting against age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration and cataracts.

Flavonoids, found in peaches and plums, have been shown to protect against cancer and heart disease. Some of the same flavonoids found in green tea are found in peaches and plums.

Eating Peaches, Plums and Nectarines and Improved Nutrient Intake