Benefits of Eating Pears

First Thing First. My first meal of the day is one medium pear🍐.

One medium pear a day could keep the doctor away. If eaten as part of an overall healthy diet, eating pears may help with weight loss and reduce the risk of developing cancer, hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease.

Pears are rich in antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fiber, packed with all of these nutrients in a fat-free cholesterol free, 100-calorie package.

According to Medical News Today; a report by Megan Ware RDN LD, fruit and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of a range of health conditions.

Studies have concluded that most Americans don’t consume 50 percent of their daily recommend amount.

The National Institute of Medicine based its recommendation on a review of the findings from several large studies. They found that diets with 14 grams of fiber for every 1,000 calories were associated with significant reductions in the risk of both coronary heart disease, and type 2 diabetes.  

Increasing the consumption of plant foods like pears decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increases energy, and a lower weight.

Some other benefits:

It helps treat Diverticulitis by reducing pressure and inflammation in the colon. 

Although the exact cause of diverticular disease is still unknown, it has repeatedly been associated with a low fiber diet.

The fiber content in pears prevent constipation and prompted regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

Regular, adequate bowel movements are crucial for the daily excretion of toxins through the bile and stool. Pears are approximately 84 percent water, which helps keep stools soft and flush the digestive system of toxins.

Pears 🍐 contain high levels of antioxidants, including vitamin C and K, and copper. These chemicals mop up free radicals, protecting our cells from damage they can cause.

For best flavor, allow pears to ripen in a warm, sunny area for several days or until the neck of the pear yields to pressure. Refrigeration stops the ripening process.

Nutrition

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one medium pear weighing approximately 178 grams (g) contains:

  • 101 calories
  • 0 g of fat
  • 27 g of carbohydrate, including 17 g of sugar and 6 g
  • 1 g of protein

Eating one medium pear provides 12 percent of daily vitamin C needs, as well as 10 percent of vitamin K, 6 percent of potassium and smaller amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, and folate.

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