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Health Benefits and Nutrition Summary
Pears are low to medium in terms of overall nutrient content and density, compared to other fruits like Strawberries, Plums and Blueberries. An average pear contains 10% daily recommended levels of vitamins C and K, and the mineral copper. However, Pears are considered "fiber rich" which makes them an excellent diet food, and also contribute to lower risk of heart disease and colon cancer. Fruits highest in fiber include apples, dates, figs, pears and prunes. This might indicate a great alternative to figs and prunes for constipation!
Pear calorie info and USDA nutrition label.
Pears Help Lower Your Cholesterol
According to whfoods.com, "fiber in the colon binds to bile salts and carries them out of the body. Since bile salts are made from cholesterol, the body must break down more cholesterol to make more bile, a substance that is also necessary for digestion. The end result is a lowering of cholesterol levels." In other words, Pears help to suck that fat out of you just by eating them and reduce cholesterol levels.
Fruit Helps To Preserve Eyesight During The Aging Process
Fruit in general is now seen as playing a very helpful role in the preservaton of eyesight. It is important to note that researchers are showing a correlation between fruit and better eyesight (reduction in age-related maculopathy or ARM), but that vegetables and caretenoids do not! According to the
high levels of fruit consumption can definitely protect eyesight:
"Fruit intake was inversely associated with the risk of neovascular ARM. Participants who consumed 3 or more servings per day of fruits had a pooled multivariate relative risk of 0.64 (95% confidence interval, 0.44-0.93; P value for trend =.004) compared with those who consumed less than 1.5 servings per day. The results were similar in women and men. However, intakes of vegetables, antioxidant vitamins, or carotenoids were not strongly related to either early or neovascular ARM. CONCLUSION: These data suggest a protective role for fruit intake on the risk of neovascular ARM."
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