Eat by Stars: Millions of Peaches, Peaches for Me

Peaches are in season.  Today I want to look at 3 different ways to buy peaches in your supermarket.  This is a great illustration of how the food industry can take a marvelous treat and turn it into someting decidely unhealthy.

Organic Peaches

Per one large peach: calories 62, fat 0g, carbs 15g, protein 0g

One of the best ways to satisfy a sweet tooth, organic peaches hit all the right notes a fruit should.  Juicy, sweet, crisp, easy to eat, and well, fruity.  Peaches can be a staple of any healthy diet.  Remember, though, peaches are tops of the “Dirty Dozen” fruits and veggies exposed to pesticides.  Absolutely without question, buy organic.  Non-organic peaches I’d knock down to a 3-star.  Maybe even 2-star.

Peach Fruit cup

Per cup: calories 80, fat 0g, carbs 17, protein 0g

Although carrying an organic peach with you as snack is ideal, you an certainly do worse than this handy cup of peach slices.  Here, the peach slices are floating in juice.  Not bad.  The juice adds a little sugar, but not much.  It’s certainly better than the canned version…

 

Canned Peaches

Per 1/2 cup: calories 100, fat 0g, carbs 24g, protein 0g

I REALLY want to give this guy only 1-star out of pure frustration.  Taking something as good for you as a peach and canning it enveloped in sugar water ought to be a crime.  It increases the carb content by nearly 50% (and that increase is really bad for you carbs).  I’d say it’s fine to use for a peach cobbler or something, but then peach cobbler with fresh peaches is so much better.  Stay away, for God’s sake.

Disclaimer: I take all these pics myself at local markets.  In no way am I attempting to single out a specific brand or company.  One company’s product is not different or better than another’s similar product.

 

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