August is Peach Month, time to celebrate the sweet, juicy fruits that can be used in so many ways. They can be used in both sweet and savory dishes or just eaten raw as a healthy snack. In addition to being so versatile, peaches are also delicious and have many health benefits. Below are 5 reasons caregivers should include peaches in their aging relative’s diet.
#1: Peaches Are Low Calorie
A medium-sized peach weighing around 5.4 ounces contains just 58 calories. That means peaches can be a healthy, low-calorie snack that can be enjoyed by older adults who are trying to lose weight or stay at a healthy weight. Caregivers can also add peaches to meals. Try adding peach slices to a bowl of cereal or oatmeal. Peaches can also be a tasty addition to a green salad. A grilled peach can be served as a side item with dinner.
#2: Good Source of Vitamin C
Caregivers can feel good about serving peaches to older adults because they contain nutrients that support health. One of the nutrients they contain is vitamin C. In fact, a single peach offers 15 percent of the recommended daily allowance of vitamin C. Vitamin C is an antioxidant, so it may help to prevent cancer. It also supports the immune system and helps wounds to heal more quickly.
#3: Lots of Fiber
A medium peach has around 9 percent of the fiber your aging relative needs every day. Fiber helps to keep the digestive process running smoothly, preventing constipation. Caregivers who serve peaches are also helping to prevent serious diseases like diabetes. Fiber has been associated with better blood sugar control and may also improve insulin levels.
#4: Promotes Lower Blood Pressure and Better Heart Health
Peaches contain potassium, which is known to help with managing blood pressure levels. Potassium is believed to counteract some of the effects of salt. The recommended amount of potassium per day is 4,700 mg. When caregivers include a peach in an older adult’s meal, they are offering 250 mg of potassium. Lowering blood pressure is also a protective factor against heart disease, so eating peaches promotes heart health, too.
#5: Easy to Digest
Peaches are easy on the stomach, so they can be a good food for caregivers to serve to older adults who are experiencing gastrointestinal problems, like nausea or diarrhea. Because they are nutritious, they can be an excellent food for older adults who are having trouble eating because of cancer treatments. Also, they have a higher liquid content, so they may help to prevent dehydration.
If you or an aging loved one is considering caregivers in Purcellville, VA, please contact the caring staff at Assisting Hands today. (703) 982-0050.
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