The peach is an aphrodisiac of legendary repute. And some peach benefits might surprise you. But more on that later. First, a little history of the stone fruit.
When it was first introduced to Greek and Roman cultures, it was known as the Persian apple. It is suspected that the name is tied with the stone fruit’s aphrodisiac reputation.
Peach aphrodisiac use
By medieval times, peaches were known to “increaseth intercourse,” at least according to the herbalist Albertus Magnus. Poet William Fahey sexualized peaches by comparing the ripe, cleft, pink fruits to the plunge of cleavage so worshipped in the paintings of the French Impressionist, Renoir.
But it was not just Europeans that made a connection between peaches and sex. In early China, peaches were considered “magical.” And in Japan peach blossoms were and still are a symbol of regeneration and fertility.
In modern day America, when a peach is picked warm from the tree, this Southern belle’s sun-kissed flesh is considered reminiscent of a woman’s curves.
Emoji peach and sex
The most recent link between peaches and sex is due entirely to the cyber world.
According to Metro, the emoji experts at Emojipedia researched the ways in which the peach emoji is used. According to their 2016 research, the overwhelming use of the emoji was related to sexting or at least in reference to a fleshy, round buttocks. In fact, only 7% of the use of this emoji, according to their data, is related at all to the peach as a fruit. The rest is all peach sex.
Peach benefits and nutrition
Today, we know that it’s nutrition, not magic nor sexting, that places peaches high on the list of the worlds greatest aphrodisiacs.
You might be surprised to learn that peach is a source of vitamin C. (One medium peach offers about 17% of the daily value of vitamin C.) And C is a powerful antioxidant to help you look and feel young, fresh and beautiful. It is important to note that C supports the formation of collagen. This means peaches can benefit skin health.
In addition, there are some indications that peaches may help improve skin texture and the appearance of fullness. This study on the effects of peaches on human skin indicates that peach helps skin retain moisture.
More nutrients in peaches
Another of peach nutritional benefits is that this fruit provides the body with the potassium needed for cardiovascular health. In other words, this summertime fruit gets you moving, whether it’s at the gym or in the bedroom.
And speaking of getting you moving, another benefit of eating peach is that this stone fruit contains niacin, which is essential for producing energy. You won’t be able to sustain a long night of passion without niacin.
One more benefit of peaches? Eating a peach with the skin on will improve your fiber intake, helping to keep you regular and banish bloat. Fiber may not sound sexy but it goes a long way toward making you feel like your most sexy self.
Other nutrients key to “peak performance” you’ll find in peaches include iron, folate, magnesium, zinc and vitamin E, also known as the sex vitamin.
Are there benefits to canned peaches?
Fresh peaches are best. But you will get some limited nutrition from canned peaches. Keep in mind that any peeled peaches, canned, baked or fresh, have little to no fiber. There’s also the fact that canned peaches are loaded with sweeteners and can mess with your blood sugar levels.
So if you have a choice between canned and fresh peaches, if you’re looking to benefit your sex life, always choose fresh.
This article was written in 2010 and most recently updated in June 2021.
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