Come fall and we begin to usher in our pear season. Unlike every other year, this year’s pear season started at least 2 weeks ahead of its scheduled arrival. But we’re not complaining. It just means that we will have more pears to last through December.
If you aren't a pear-lover, then reading about the many health benefits of eating pears may help you give these delicious blessings of fall some love. Pears are considered healthy for a number of reasons but we've picked out the five most important ones to share with you.
- Good source of dietary fiber: Pears are rich in fiber. About half of the pear’s dietary fiber comes from its skin. According to an article on Fitsugar.com, a high fiber diet could keep your cholesterol levels down. “Getting your fill of fiber from fruit is also linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer, heart disease and type 2 diabetes,” according to author Jenny Sugar.
- Fair amount of vitamins: Nutrition-and-you.com recommends eating pears as a whole with their skin to maximize its health benefits because vitamins and minerals in pears are concentrated in significant quantities just underneath the skin.
- Hypoallergenic fruit: Some studies suggest that pears are less allergenic than other fruits. So if you suffer from any food allergies, pears may be your best friend.
- Contains Boron: Boron is a mineral that plays an important role in maintaining good bone health because it prevents the loss of calcium and is important for women at a high risk of osteoporosis.
- Packed with anti-oxidants: The antioxidant content in pears is the highest when they’re ripe. Once again, the skin of the pears contains the majority of its nutrients. So while poaching pears is a great idea, if you’re looking to derive health benefits from it, you may want to eat it with the skin.
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