California peaches, plums, and nectarines are sweet, juicy, and delicious, and they're more than good tasting. All three fruits are good sources of vitamin C and contain other important vitamins and minerals, including potassium and vitamin A. Each provides fiber. They contain no fat and are sodium-free. California peaches, plums and nectarines are a great choice as part of a healthy lifestyle.
California peaches, plums and nectarines also contain phytonutrients and antioxidants.
Phytonutrients are compounds that naturally occur in plant foods and 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. Antioxidants in California peaches, plums and nectarines include vitamin C and carotenoids, mainly beta-carotene and also lutein and zeaxanthin. Lutein and zeaxanthin are two carotenoids that help to shield the eye from sunlight, helping to protect against age-related eye disorders such as macular degeneration and cataracts. Other antioxidants in peaches, plums and nectarines include a variety of polyphenols, including anthocyanins (the blue and red pigments in fruit), catchins/procyanidins and flavonoids, mainly quercetin. These antioxidants may provide health benefits, including protection against cancer, heart disease and diseases associated with aging.