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Could Peaches, Cherries, and Plums Fight Obesity and Diabetes?

By , SparkPeople Blogger
Metabolic syndrome has become increasingly common in the United States and paves the way toward obesity and heart disease for millions of people every year. Since these are two of the most common chronic diseases today, making lifestyle modifications are important especially changes in diet and exercise.
A new study found that stone fruits known as drupes contain compounds that could reduce serious health risks from obesity and inflammation found with metabolic syndrome. Since insulin resistance or diabetes, hypertension, cholesterol abnormalities and abdominal obesity affect millions of people every year, this could be a very important finding. Although lifestyle, genetic predisposition, and diet play an influential role, research findings suggesting diet can be turned into an asset instead of liability provides some hope for those seeking to change their medical condition outcomes.
While it is great that stone fruits can help us reach health goals, they only help if we include them in our diets. 

Facts about stone fruits also known as drupes:
  • A fruit where the outer flesh surrounds a pit or stone such as peaches, nectarines, plums, apricots and cherries
  • Name comes from their very large, hard seed
  • Provide delicious fruit from June through September
  • Most are native to warmer climates of the world so can suffer injury to blooms that receive spring frost
While eating them fresh (after washing them properly) is a great way to enjoy a piece of stone fruit, here are some other fun, summer recipes you may enjoy.

Grilled Fresh Peaches 
Stewed Plums

Chef Meg's Spicy Stone Fruit Salsa
Cooking with Caitlin's Stone Fruit Quesadilla
Stone Fruit Pandowdy
Here are some other great resources to help you include more of these special fruits this summer.
Enjoy the Season's Freshest Foods – What to Eat This Summer
A Beginner's Guide to the Farmers Market
Plan Your Meals and Grocery Trips with the Shelf Life of Fruits and Vegetables in Mind
How to Keep Fruits and Vegetables Fresh with Proper Storage
30 Days to More Fruits & Vegetables
Are you more likely to include stone fruit in your diet regularly now that you know they could help you reach your health goals? What are some of your favorite ways to enjoy stone fruits?

Which of these popular stone fruits is your favorite?

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KATHYJO56 11/19/2020
Good information Report
RACHAEL2020 11/12/2020
Peaches and cherries are tied. Report
CHERYLHURT 11/9/2020
Thanks Report
PATRICIAAK 10/11/2020
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GEORGE815 9/28/2020
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EVILCECIL 8/7/2020
Love peaches - especially grilled. yum. Report
ATHENA2010 6/23/2020
I love these fruits - I'm happy to hear more good news about them. Report
AQUAGIRL08 6/22/2020
These are wonderful! Thank you! Report
Awesome...thanks... Report
RAPUNZEL53 6/22/2020
Great Report
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RYCGIRL 4/28/2020
ty Report
RAPUNZEL53 1/27/2020
Great Report
Certain fruits! Not sure about that. Think more regional as helpful Report
Good to know. Report
Growing up in Michigan I ate peaches 🍑 & cherries 🍒from the trees (of course blueberries & apples too.) Now I think I prefer nectarines w/out the fuzz but dark sweet cherries remain my favorite, & I have some on hand; these are from Gilroy California just up the road from me. We had lots of rain so they are sweet this year. The black plums are also good however the red ones which look ripe were very sour. I eat most fruits usually 2 a day which won't change. My preference in apricots is dried & I use them when making tzimmes (a type of European stew) or just to snack on 2 or 3. Report
The study was "funded by the California Tree Fruit Agreement, The California Plum Board, the California Grape and Tree Fruit League and the Texas Department of Agriculture."

Always good to note who is funding a study to evaluate bias and determine objectivity (or lack thereof)! Report
very intersting, thanks Report
Very interesting article Report
Good to know! Report
Thank you for the suggestions. Report
Helpful information Report
Good to know. Report
Interesting article. Report
Thanks for a great article! :) Report
Interesting but won't change a thing as I always included these fruits in my diet when they're in season. When they're not, I look for the frozen variety. Report
Interesting information. Report
Interesting Report
The (future) belongs to we who believe in our dreams. - Lakota saying ~ 4/8/18 Report
Hmmmm. Link is not to study itself, but to a vague article (which also does not link to an actual study.) Phrases like "could be" and "may reduce" combined with an absolute lack of information about the study itself (sample size? Duration? Control group?) Make me very suspect. Not to mention the funding by AgriLife.

I love when SP shares evidence-based information and uses peer-reviewed scientific process and journaled articles that we can trust. Can I vote for you to do more of that in the future, and less of this? Thank you. Report
I have always enjoyed peaches and cherries, have no problem eating them. Nectarines have never appealed to me so don't buy them. Report
Interesting article! Report
I haven't met a fruit I did not like. I eat all these and then some Report
Good article, Thanks! Report
Cherries are one of my all time favorites. I also love plums. I look forward to their season and enjoy them to the fullest. Report
I love stone fruits although I have never heard them described that way before! Report
Stone fruits make hot, humid summer days worth while! Other than eating out of hand, I love peaches and nectarines in my breakfast cottage cheese, cherries are my favorite dessert, and plums...yum! Sadly, this wasn't a good year for our local apricots, but I love them too! I love fruit salsas, so I'm going to explore recipes for that. Because I want to restrict carbs and use no cane sugars I want to use these fruits in Paleo desserts. I'm not Paleo, but I like using non-wheat flours and natural sweeteners, so Paleo desserts are great for diabetics. Report
Good information. Love all the stone fruits! Report
Thanks for the info...it will help me to control my diabetes. Love your site! Report
Hard to choose my favorite of these. I chose nectarines but plums and peaches are definitely close choices too.
I have never grilled peaches but may have to try. Report
Along with fighting obesity, did you know cherries can fight exercise induced muscle damage? Natural Standard gives cherries a “B,” or good scientific evidence, to repair muscles after exercise. This study found that marathoners drank tart cherry juice five days before and two days after their race increased their isometric strength faster than the marathoners who didn’t drink tart cherry juice. The benefits of cherries extend may also include anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory properties. But more research still needs to be done. Report
Recently grilled peaches, first nuked a little honey with a rosemary sprig in it. Spread that on the peach halves and grilled them. Very good! It was an adaptation of recipe in AARP magazine. Report
I didn't realise I liked apricots until I went to a Farmer's market and tried them. I don't like canned though. Will these fruits work for you if you use frozen after the season ends? Report
Cherries and Peaches. So hard to choose. I do love Apricot pits. Trader Joes sells them and they are fantastic, an alternative to almonds. Report
Love love fruits, can't choose Report
Fresh Cherries, Red Cherries, Rainier Cherries, and Tart Cherries are all very good. Peaches, Nectarines, Apricots, and Plums are runners up - they are prone to bruising so I eat one at home with breakfast. That way I can wash and section them. Report
Good to know! I've been eating a lot of peaches and cherries lately. Love them! Report
Given a choice, these are exactly the fruits I choose. My absolute favorites are peaches and apricots. Important to note that many other fruits are NOT friendly to diabetics. Melons and pineapple are apt to spike your blood sugars. Report
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