Nectarine Facts; How Mutch Important, Benificial And Interesting?

Nectarines are closely related to peaches and share many of their nutritional characteristics.

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  • There are less than 70 calories in a large-sized nectarine.
  • Nectarines are an excellent source of vitamin C, with 14% of the daily recommended value in a large-sized piece of fruit.
  • Nectarines contain 10% of your daily recommended value of vitamin A.
  • There are 3 grams of fiber and 2 grams of protein in a large-sized nectarine.

  • Vitamin C in nectarines keeps the body functioning and immune system strong.
  • One large nectarine has 9% of your daily potassium needs.
  • Potassium keeps the heart and nervous system functioning and helps balance water levels in the body.

  • Many of our 5 health secrets of peaches apply to nectarines too because peach nutrition and nectarine nutrition is so similar.
  • Nectarines are sometimes called "shaved peaches" because their skin is smooth.

  • Contrary to popular belief, nectarines are NOT a cross between plums and peaches, they are in fact a type of peach. Every once in a while, a peach tree mutates - the gene responsible for the fuzz is turned off, and out comes a smooth skinned nectarine.

  • Nutritionally, as all fruit, nectarines are a powerhouse. A medium nectarine is approximately 4-5 ounces in weight and will cost you only 60 calories. In return you get a lusciously sweet snack with 2.5 tsp worth of sugar, evened out by 1.5 grams of fiber. Nectarines are a good source of vitamin C and also have good vitamin A and potassium values. They are also abundant in antioxidants.

  • Nectarines are in season NOW! So go get 'em. Please note that like peaches, nectarines are very delicate and attractive to pests, so they do get dosed with a hefty amount of pesticide. If you can buy organic - great. If not, make sure to wash the fruit as best you can before eating.

  • Nectarine color can range from pale white to vibrant orange. There is not necessarily a between coloration and flavor. Some people prefer the taste of the brightly colored fruit, while others prefer the pale version.