4 Reasons To Eat More Pears
They Are Local
I am so lucky to have grown up here in the Seattle area. I have frequently enjoyed the fruits (no pun intended) of the harvest’s labor in various forms, and pears in general really seem to thrive in this region. My dad has several pear trees, and we just finished up a shopping bag full of locally-grown Bosc, D’anjou, and Asian pears. The Bosc are wonderfully crisp, with a very sweet flavor, while the D’anjou is firm and mild. Asian pears are mild but delightfully crunchy, and I wouldn’t want to forget to mention the juicy Bartlett. It’s easy to get even more excited about this delicious, locally-grown organic fruit when you realize how many health benefits are disguised in such a delectable little package.
Keep You Moving
Pears are sweet and satisfying, whether eaten raw or cooked. My son also loves pear juice. But this fruit isn’t just another pretty face. It is also packed with dietary fiber, and mostly the non-soluble kind, which functions as a good bulk laxative – i.e. it helps keep your digestive tract moving and helps prevent illness and disease, including colon cancer.
A Healthful Snack
Though pears do contain sugar, it’s made by mother nature, so your body isn’t overwhelmed by this kind of “candy”. And since they are very low calories—with only 60 calories for an average-sized pear—you can enjoy one every day without wreaking havoc on your daily caloric intake. In fact, choosing a pear as a snack over something less natural, such as chips or cheese, is a choice that will leave your sweet tooth satisfied, but your waist-line slender – and may even help lower your LDL cholesterol levels!
A to Z
Pears contain good quantities of vitamin C, and are moderate sources of antioxidants, flavonoids and phyto-nutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein and zea-xanthin. These compounds, along with vitamin C and A, help protect the body from harmful free radicals.
They are also a good source of minerals such as copper, iron, potassium, manganese and magnesium, as well as B-complex vitamins such as folates, riboflavin and pyridoxine (vitamin B-6). These are all essential for optimum health, and what better way to load up on them than by enjoying a fresh, seasonal pear! Several varieties are available in Full Circle’s green grocery, so be sure to add your favorite organic pear to next week’s order!