Cancer’s cure may be in the pits, literally! The seasonal Palisade peaches that we Coloradans enjoy each summer pack even more punch than we ever thought. Is it possible that we hold the key to fighting cancer right in our own backyard or local farmers market?
It turns out that plants have thousands of phytochemicals that can heal and prevent all kinds of diseases. This is an expansive topic and peaches and the other stone fruits are one example of how powerful food is.
You know I love to see the science behind nutrition claims and the proof is in on peaches. Dr. Giuliana Noratto with her colleagues at Texas A&M University were published in the Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry for their study using peach extracts on aggressive cancer cells. Not only did the tumor not grow, the cells actually committed suicide and the spread of the disease was inhibited. Wow!
Peaches with the most red color have been shown to contain more of the cancer inhibiting compounds, and they need to be raw because cooking destroys the good guys. Noratto advises that consuming 2-3 peaches a day will give a protective effect.
Here’s some tips for adding peaches to your food prep…
You can lightly grill your halved peaches to bring out the syrupy sweetness, however, the power of the peach is in the raw state, so don’t cook it to death. We want those phytonutrients and enzymes active! I love to add chopped peaches to almost any dish from rice to salads to chicken for that summer flavor burst.
According to Martha Stewart: Choose fruit with a fragrant aroma and flesh that yields a bit when pressed gently. If a peach has cuts or tan spots, or if it’s rock-hard or mushy, don’t buy it. Color has more to do with variety than ripeness.
Here is an easy raw peach cobbler that you can feel great about serving to your family and bringing to a summer party.
Raw Gluten Free Peach Cobbler
By Chef: Christine Roseberry
- Filling: 4 ripe peaches
- Syrup: 2 ripe peaches, 2 dates, 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- Crust: 1/2 cup raw almonds, soaked 6+ hours and drained, 1/2 cup raw shredded coconut, 6 dates, 1 tsp cinnamon
- To make the crust blend the almonds and shredded coconut in a food processor until it becomes a coarse crumble, then add in the dates and cinnamon and pulse blend until it is well mixed as a crumble. Be sure not to over process it to the point it becomes mushy.Press a small amount of the crumble into the bottom of each dish.
- Cut the peaches into large chunks and place in a bowl.
- To make the syrup, blend the peaches, dates, vanilla and cinnamon and blend until it becomes smooth.
- Pour the syrup over the peaches and mix together in the bowl.
- Then, add the filling, layering with crumble and top with more crumble.
- Enjoy guilt free!
If you would like to learn more about the power of the plant you might consider working with a health coach or holistic professional to find natural solution and ways to stay younger and more vibrant. I offer a 30 minute complimentary consultation and would love to chat with you about your unique health goals and desires.
I know I’m going to be planting some peach trees in my yard to ensure my continuous supply of this amazing stone fruit!
Your health is your true wealth!