This article is shared with permission from our friends at positivemed.com.
Pears are one of the world’s healthiest foods. The bad news is that they are oftentimes taking a back seat to more exciting fruits like the ubiquitous apple or the juicy pineapple. Forget that – if you’re looking for some real benefits, try a pear. Here are 10 things that happen to you if you eat 1 pear every day:
1) The health benefits of pears are unmatched. Did you know that a pear has about 11% of the daily recommended allowance of vitamin C. Of course, we are taught that oranges are the vitamin C captains of the fruit world, but pears are right up there! Vitamin C helps your immune system strength and helps to prevent infection.
2) On top of vitamin C, pears are great sources of dietary fiber. Dieticians everywhere tell you how much good fiber does for your body. Every pear has about 5-grams of fiber. If you eat enough of it (recommended amount is anywhere from 21-37 grams), you are giving your body the minerals and vitamins it needs to help digest food.
3) One pear a day will also increase your potassium level. Potassium is important because it helps your heart stay healthy. Potassium from pears helps to regulate heart beats and it can help with blood clotting.
4) Did anyone mention vitamin K? Vitamin K is another important element of health and pears offer quite a bit of it. Just one pear per day can provide valuable K vitamins and that means your eyes, bones and brains benefit. It’s recommended to ingest 90-120 micrograms of this vitamin daily. That valuable nutrient helps to bones retain their calcium. It also helps prevent artery hardening.
5) A pear a day can help prevent cancer too. The American Heart Association, AHA, promotes a-pear-a-day idea citing that it can reduce the risk of certain types of cancer.
6) And then there are strokes…yes- pears can also decrease your chances of strokes! Pears contain healing agents that can reduce the chance of a stroke by up to 50%, according to the AHA. Considering that so many Americans are at risk due to bad dietary habits, cutting down on the chance of stroke by half is amazing.
7) Pears are delicious. Don’t forget the bottom line of a pear’s taste! They are sweet and good and can add a delightful snack for any time of day. If you’re bored with apples, bananas and avocado breaks, try pears. They can be an exciting change of pace. They can easily be incorporated into smoothies also to change things up even more.
If you doubted the power of the pear, don’t. It is one of the healthiest fruits available and if you incorporate it into your diet every day, you will be doing a great thing for your body. Just look at the list above and see how much value this fruit brings. It’s convenient to carry, delicious to eat and will improve your health. Next time you’re looking for a daily snack, look to the pear as your best choice…Click here to read the full article.
For a delicious way to incorporate pears into your diet, try this recipe below by FoodMatters.com.
Vanilla Bean Chia Porridge with Sautéed Caramel Pears
For the Chia Porridge:
For the Sautéed Pears:
- 1 large or two small pears, cored and thinly sliced
- 1 Tablespoon/14g butter or coconut oil for a vegan version
- 1 Tablespoon/15ml coconut nectar
- Pinch of sea salt
- Pinch of ground cinnamon
- Start the night before. Stir together the coconut milk, salt, chia seeds and vanilla bean seeds in a jar or sealed container. Refrigerate overnight to plump. Stir to incorporate the seeds if they have settled the following morning.
- The next morning make the sautéed pears.
- In a medium skillet, over medium heat, melt the butter or coconut oil.
- Add the coconut nectar and stir until the mixture begins to bubble. Reduce to a simmer and add the pears. Cook stirring occasionally, until the mixture turns syrupy and a deep golden color and the pears are tender (about 3 to 5 minutes.)
- In the meantime gently reheat the chia porridge in a small saucepan or in the microwave until warm but not boiling.
- Remove the pears from heat and add a pinch of salt.
- Spoon the warmed porridge into cups and top with the pears and caramel syrup; sprinkle with ground cinnamon if desired and serve immediately.