Stone Fruits Help Fight Metabolic Syndrome

Enjoy this summer’s delicious peaches guilt-free!

Yum! This is the season for all those luscious summertime fruits. But some people, in an effort to reduce their carb intake, mistakenly eliminate fruit from their diet. It’s the added sugars and refined carbs we want to decrease, not whole fruits, which provide a wide variety of nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals to keep us healthy. Research suggests compounds in stone fruits like plums, nectarines, peaches and apricots may fight metabolic syndrome, a cluster of symptoms such as obesity and hypertension that increases the risk of heart disease and diabetes.

Stone fruits contain four major types of antioxidants that attack the syndrome on different fronts.  And since each of these stone fruits contains differing proportions of these protective compounds and complement each other, it’s a good idea to include a variety of stone fruits in your diet. So enjoy the delicious fruits of summer while they’re at their peak!

Grilled Peaches or Apricots

These warm, caramelized stone fruit are simple to prepare and make a wonderful dessert for your next barbecue. Serves 6.

  • 6 ripe peaches or apricots, halved and pitted
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons ricotta cheese
  • 3 tablespoons chopped pistachios

Place sugar on a flat plate. Dip each cut side of fruit in the sugar. Place cut side down on a clean grill and cook on medium heat just until tender, about 6-8 minutes. Watch closely so they don’t burn.

Remove from heat and top each with a dollop of ricotta cheese and pistachios.



Sharon Lehrman, MPH, RD, LD, is a registered dietitian with a private practice and corporate wellness business in Minneapolis, Minnesota. You can read health-related articles, subscribe to her free monthly nutrition newsletter, or contact her at

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