Health Benefits

 

Vitamin C in peaches is  good,  and most of the micronutrients are good too. Vitamin C is needed for people to effectively access iron in meat

– a good reason for a balance diet.

 

Fat content is of course zero!

 

Sugar levels are fairly standard for fruit.

 

It is best to get these nutrients from natural sources rather than supplements.  Scientific evidence is slowly accumulating that supplements actually harm people: for example, smoking and taking carotene (a powerful anti-oxidant) supplements increases lung cancer deaths but eating it in fruit will decrease risk (slightly).

 

Diana’s Fruit is grown is soils where nutrients are actively monitored and tailored for optimum plant health and ongoing sustainable production.  It is important that nutrients shipped off the orchard inside the fruit are replaced,  so that trees grow nutritious fruit next year and for future generations. Decreasing nutrient content of food due to a general decline in soil fertility as a result of ‘factory farming’ or ‘soil mining’ is a growing concern world wide.

 

The table at left lists the nutrient content of plums, quinces and peaches per 100g as listed in the UK nutrient database. Beside it are the NZ estimated average requirements. These are the amounts of each nutrient a person should eat each day.

 

Diana’s Fruit is harvested late in the season, and is exposed to longer sunshine hours as a result.  This increases good, natural sugars.  It also means expected levels of vitamin A, carotene and vitamin C would be higher than the tables at left.

 

Dr Marie-Ann Ha PhD (Otago)

 

Public Health Nutrition Consultant

 

Cambridge, UK

 

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