Peaches and nectarines are very similar from a genetic standpoint (there’s just one recessive gene that separates them), so it’s no surprise that peach nutrition and nectarine nutrition are similar. One of the nutritional attributes peaches and nectarines share is potassium.
One large peach has 333 milligrams of potassium, or 10 percent of a person’s daily recommended value. A large nectarine has 314 mg of potassium, or 9 percent of the daily value. Potassium is a necessity to heart and nervous system functioning, and works in concert with another electrolyte – sodium – to balance water levels in the body.
Many foods contain potassium, and fruits like peaches and nectarines are among some of the best sources. Potassium has been linked to improved blood pressure control, kidney health and cardiovascular disease.
Eating peaches and nectarines each day, alongside other fruits and vegetables, is a great way to ensure your body is getting all the potassium it needs. Learn 5 health secrets of peaches on The Stem blog.