|[August 20, 2014]
A New Study by Harvard University's School of Public Health Adds Science to Summer's National "Eat a Peach Day"
DINUBA, Calif. --(Business Wire)--
A long-time favorite of peach lovers everywhere, August 22nd's
National Eat a Peach Day has historically focused on the juicy pleasures
of a just-picked peach or the comforts of a peach cobbler: essentially
any and every reason to enjoy one of summer's most beloved fruits. Yet,
thanks to a newly released study by Harvard University's Department of
Nutrition, we now know that peaches pack a nutritional punch that may
aid in the fight against ER- (ER negative) breast cancer.
Led by a team from Harvard and including Dr. Walter C. Willett,
Epidemiology and Nutrition Chair, Harvard University Department of
Nutrition, the study looked at more than 75,000 women over the course of
24 years and tracked diet as it related to incidents of ER- breast
cancer. The study: "Intake of specific fruits and vegetables in
relation to risk of estrogen receptor-negative breast cancer among
postmenopausal women" found that those women
eating two servings of peaches a week had lower incidents of ER-
tumors and therefore, ER- breast cancer.
These findings further amplify the important role peaches play as a part
of a healthy diet. A recent multi-year study conducted by Oregon State
University (OSU) and the Linus Pauling Institute, concluded that
Califoria canned peaches are nutritionally equivalent to their fresh
counterparts, and that some nutrients increase thanks to the canning
Click here to view a short video overview of the study: http://bit.ly/YqK7X2.
Just as lycopene levels increase when tomatoes are cooked/canned, so too
do key nutrients found in fresh cling peaches. The OSU study found that
antioxidants, vitamin A, and vitamin C all increased, and that folate
levels in canned peaches were up 10 times compared to their fresh
"These studies tell a compelling and growing nutrition story," says
Researcher Bob Durst of OSU. "The current data is clear: peaches in any
form, canned or fresh, are just plain good for you. They contain
all-natural vitamins and phytochemicals, the impact of which we are just
beginning to fully understand."
And while August is also "National Peach Month," clearly the benefits of
this fruit far outlive summer's seasonality. According to Dr. William Li
of The Angiogenesis Foundation on a recent appearance on The Dr. Oz
Show, "Peaches contain a 'trifecta' of cancer fighters...things that
actually work together to prevent tumors growing in the breast." Li also
stressed that "any form of peach, fresh, canned or frozen is good for
This is good news considering what's at stake: According to www.breastcancer.org:
More than one out of every 10 breast cancers - are found to be ER- or
"triple-negative," noting, "for doctors and researchers, there is
intense interest in finding new medications that can treat this kind of
Original, published manuscripts of both studies can be found at www.calclingpeach.com.
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