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The nutrients in a 1/2-cup serving of canned peaches, vary according to the liquid — heavy syrup, juice or water — packed with them. This is the serving size recommended by the California Cling Peach Board. Canned peaches can be a particularly healthy food for athletes as they provide quick energy and may prevent cramping due to muscle fatigue. Nutrients in canned peaches may also prevent blindness due to age-related macular degeneration and prevent infection due to damaged skin and mucus membranes.
Calories provide fuel for body processes and sugar converts to energy right away, making canned peaches a healthy snack alternative for athletes right before a game, meet or match. Peaches in heavy syrup have more than 3 1/2 times as many calories and more than 4 times the sugars as peaches in water. Peaches in heavy syrup have just under twice as many calories and sugars as peaches packed in juice. The total carbohydrates in a single serving of fruit should not exceed 15 g, according to MayoClinic.com. People with diabetes should eat peaches canned in juice or water, because peaches in heavy syrup contain over 24 g of sugar per serving.
Peaches fall well short of the total recommended daily potassium intake. There are 120 mg in heavy syrup, 160 mg in juice and 121 mg in water. Adding a serving of canned peaches to a smoothie after heavy exercise will help replace lost potassium, while preventing muscle cramps and cardiovascular damage. Potassium helps maintain the body’s water balance by increasing sodium loss in urine and sweat, preventing high blood pressure.
The vitamin A in canned peaches helps regulate the immune system and ensures a healthy defensive barrier against infection in the form of skin and mucus membranes. People with celiac disease, Crohn’s disease or pancreatic disorders need additional vitamin A to prevent malnutrition due to their lowered ability to absorb fats. Vegetarians and vegans also need the additional vitamin A from consuming peaches.
The vitamin A in canned peaches helps prevent age-related macular degeneration. Age-related macular degeneration causes a loss of sharpness in vision due to the breakdown of the light-sensitive cells in the retina or due to abnormal growth of blood vessels behind it. Vitamin A also prevents night-blindness, a condition that most often affects children ages 6 months to 6 years and pregnant or lactating women.
USDA Agricultural Research Service Nutrient Data Laboratory: USDA National Nutrient Database for Standard Reference
California Cling Peach Board: Nutrition Facts