It is well known that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps protect against chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer, diseases associated with many factors. But did you know that some of the vital nutrients found in pears may play preventive roles in these and other diseases?
Pears provide a variety of the nutrients necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle. Pears are an excellent source of fiber, providing about 24% of your daily needs*. Fiber is an important preventive agent against many chronic diseases, and it plays a beneficial role in glucose metabolism and diabetes management (1). Pears are sodium-free, cholesterol-free, fat-free, and contain 190mg of potassium, all important players in cardiovascular disease prevention, according to the American Heart Association (2). Pears are a good source of vitamin C, an important antioxidant necessary for bone and tissue health (3), and prevention of cardiovascular disease and various cancers (2,3). Pears are also a natural source of other antioxidants, which, according to the American Dietetic Association, are important in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, may improve immune function, and lower risk for infection (4). As well, pears, like most fruit, are a fat-free, nutrient-dense food that can help fill you up and keep you satisfied. According to the 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, these benefits may aid in weight loss and weight management (5).
For more information on how including pears in an overall healthy diet can help you live a healthier life click below:
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*Per medium sized pear weighing 166g.
1. Anderson JW, Randles KM, Kendall CW, et al.: Carbohydrate and fiber recommendations for individuals with diabetes: A quantitative assessment and meta-analysis of the evidence. J Am Coll Nutr 23:5-17, 2004. Available online here .
2. American Heart Association, Diet and Lifestyle Recommendations. Available online here.
3. American Cancer Society, Vitamin C. Available online here.
4. American Dietetic Association, What is an Antioxidant? Available online here.
5. USDA 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans, Weight Management, page 15. Available online here.
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