Nutritional profile of nectarines
Nectarines contain around 85 per cent water per 100g, so they provide a lot of hydration. A 100g serving also provides 43 calories, around 10g of carbohydrates (of which all is sugar, as it’s a fruit), 1g protein, negligible fat and about 1g fibre.
Nectarines have a good nutritional profile, containing lots of vitamins and minerals, including beta-carotene, which gives them their yellow-red colour. The body can turn beta-carotene into vitamin A, which is needed to support the normal function of the immune system and the health of our skin and our eyes.
Nectarines also contain folate, needed for healthy red blood cell formation, as well as a little calcium, phosphorus and vitamin K, all of which play a role in bone health.
Nectarines are also a good source of antioxidants, and in particular, a certain polyphenol known as gallic acid that is currently being researched for its potential health benefits in a number of conditions including diabetes, certain cancers, brain health and obesity.
Do nectarines count as one of your five-a-day?
An 80g serving of nectarine counts as one of your five-a-day – that’s roughly one nectarine.
Healthy nectarine recipe ideas :-
Summer fruit quinoa salad
Barley couscous & prawn tabbouleh
Charred nectarine & prosciutto panzanella
Almond crêpes with avocado & nectarines
Herby feta & nectarine salad with lemon poppy seed dressing