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Health Benefits of Pears

Forget Apples! Why You Should Be Eating a Pear a Day

While apples get a lot of attention for their health benefits, pears should not be overlooked. The soft, sweet, buttery flesh of the pear makes this Fall fruit perfect for enjoying fresh or for using in healthy recipes, like these edamame and pear crostinis or this pear berry smoothie. Plus, there are so many varieties to choose from — Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou — that they each seem like a different fruit. These juicy gems are pretty healthy for you, too.

  • Pears are one of the highest-fiber fruits, offering six grams per medium-sized fruit, helping you meet your daily requirement of 25 to 30 grams. Filling up on fiber keeps you regular to prevent a bloated belly caused by constipation, which also helps prevent colon cancer. A diet high in fiber can also keep your cholesterol levels down, which is good news for your ticker. Getting your fill of fiber from fruit is also linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer, heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.
  • Pears contain a fair amount of vitamins C, K, B2, B3, and B6. For expecting or nursing moms, they also contain folate. Pears aren't too shabby in the mineral department either, containing calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper, and manganese. Vitamin C and copper are antioxidant nutrients, so eating pears is good for your immune system and may help prevent cancer.
  • Pears also contain boron, which our bodies need in order to retain calcium, so this fruit can also be linked to prevention of osteoporosis.
  • The phytonutrients found in pears are also associated with preventing stomach cancer.
  • It's a hypoallergenic fruit, which means those with food sensitivities can usually eat pears with no adverse effects.
  • Eating three or more servings of fruits a day, such as pears, may also lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults.
  • Quercetin is another antioxidant found in the skin of pears. It's beneficial for cancer prevention and can help reduce blood pressure, so don't peel your pears!
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Andrei15228962 Andrei15228962 3 years
pears are my fruit of choice. i find the taste and texture much better than any other fruit. apples, bananas, berries, whatever... none is better to me than pears! hell i even like pear shaped breasts better than any other shapes :D
Jacob15123847 Jacob15123847 3 years
I always heard good things being mentioned about fruit, but I have witnessed the literal curing effect of a pear to an irritating cough - apparently a symptom of some form of infection to the breathing canal. Three pears in two days, and the throat was cleared..!
lovesickblues111 lovesickblues111 7 years
schonefrauen schonefrauen 7 years
I like pears more than apples, so this is great!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 7 years
My favorite pears are the ones that are on sale right now for about 80 cents per pound.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
and some slices of gouda with it.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 7 years
Love pears with honey drizzled on them.
Kimpossible Kimpossible 7 years
I love pears too. I just had one this morning, I cut it up and put it in my oatmeal - was very good :-)
dunnonuttin dunnonuttin 7 years
Pears are soooo gross to me... the smell, taste, texture..... ick.
mamasitamalita mamasitamalita 7 years
I used to be a pear fanatic when i was a kid (so says my mother), but I can't get past the texture now...
ssngeorge ssngeorge 7 years
I love pears, Anjou mostly.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I love pears, too.
simplyfab87 simplyfab87 7 years
I don't like pears. I eat them once in a while when I don't have any other fruit in the house.
Soniabonya Soniabonya 7 years
Bartlett pears are my fave, since my parents have a tree in their backyard. My fiance likes the Comce (sp?) and one another that I see at the market. Pears are another of my favorite fruits :) Chopped one up and put it in my fruit bowl for lunch today. So good with a sprinkle of lemon juice and a dash of honey.
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