Many health foods get their share of stardom, but rarely do you ever see the health benefits of pears bragged about. While pears may not be the next fashionable superfood, they do offer a lot of health benefits from an improved immune system to decreasing your chances of a stroke. Why not grab a pear and enjoy these amazing health benefits.
Reduced Risk of Heart Disease
A 2007 study that was featured in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition shared that women reduced their risk of coronary heart disease when they ate a diet high in fruits that were full of flavonoids, which included apples and pears. The study went on to say that these fruits also decreased the risk of cardiovascular disease mortality, especially in postmenopausal women.
Reduces Risk of Stroke
Another study showed that eating white-fleshed fruits, like pears, can greatly reduce the risk of stroke in an individual. In fact, the study further went on to say that eating 171 grams of white-fleshed fruit decreased the stroke risk by 52 percent!
Helps With Weight Loss
Looks like a pear can help you reduce your pear shape (and all other body shapes too). One pear may be considered a small snack, but it can help you get 20 percent of your daily fiber intake. Switch your late night eating habits for a juicy pear instead, and you will see better weight loss results.
Boost Your Immune System
Pears are also full of antioxidants which can keep your immune system healthy and strong, especially near cold and flu season. Try eating more pears or drinking pear juice during the months you are prone to getting sick.
Promotes Colon Health
Like said above, pears have a good amount of fiber in them to help keep your colon healthy and moving. Pears also contain pectin which can act as a natural and mild laxative during times of constipation.
Pears contain a high content of flavonoid quercetin, which has been found to reduce inflammation significantly. Eating a diet high in anti-inflammatory foods can help reduce chronic pain conditions, such as arthritis and fibromyalgia.
So the next time you go grocery shopping, don’t pass on the humble looking pear. It is affordable, makes a great portable snack, and can pack a pretty powerful health punch. Pair it with some almonds and turkey slices or a hard boiled egg for the perfect balance of a healthy snack.
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