Pears are packed with vitamin C and K, as well as nutrients such as copper, which act as antioxidants to protect our cells from damage from free radicals. One pear contains up to 11 percent of our recommended daily intake of vitamin C and 9.5 percent of our intake of copper.
Protect Our Hearts
Pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber, and fiber is good for the heart. Studies have shown that fiber can lower levels of bad cholesterol by binding to bile salts, which are made from cholesterol, and carrying them out of the body. Eating pears can also reduce the risk of stroke by up to 50 percent.
Pears can also protect us from varying types of cancer. In addition to binding to cholesterol, the fiber in pears can also bind to and help remove cancer-causing chemicals in the colon, thus reducing risk of colon cancer. Studies have also shown that eating fiber-rich fruits such as pears can reduce risk of break cancer by 34 percent in post-menopausal women.
Although few studies have been done on the subject, pears are generally consider to be a hypoallergenic fruit because they are less likely than other fruits to produce an allergic response when eaten. For this reason, pears are generally considered “safe” and are often one of the first fruits given to infants.
Because they are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index, pears make a smart snack for those with diabetes. The bloodstream slowly absorbs a pear’s carbs (just about 26 grams per pear), which prevents a spike in blood sugar and helps control blood glucose levels.
Pears are a sweet and filling way to curb snack cravings between meals. They're sweet but rich in fiber, which will satisfy your sweet tooth and make you feel full at the same time.
In the skin
To get the most out of pears, it's important to eat the skin. That's where a lot of a pear's nutrients are stored.
Pears can be eaten all year round but are best enjoyed from August - October.
Easy Pear Recipes