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A Pear Is More than Enough Each Day for Better Health

By Tom Herrin

With the abundance of foods available today, there are plenty of choices for your dining and snacking pleasure.  While there are seldom new fruits, sometimes the old ones may be revisited in order to determine exactly which ones can do some good things for health.  Everyone is familiar with the old standards.  They know that an apple a day can keep the doctor away.  They also know that oranges seem to help with the prevention of colds.  Bananas can sweeten up almost any dessert dish.  

Many people often overlook pears.  They may be a staple of young children, but many seem to abandon them as adults.  They have a special texture and a subtle kind of sweetness, and they are pretty good for health.

They Are Rich in Antioxidants

Many fruits have good supplies of vitamins.  Pears are high in Vitamins C and A, as well as flavonoid compounds beta-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin.  They can help to fight off some communicable illnesses.  They also have been tied to helping to prevent some cancers.  If eating a pear a day can do all of that, they are well worth having.

They May Be Good for Circulation

Pears have something that some fruits have little or none of, and that is iron.  They also have copper.  These two minerals help the blood to be able to take in minerals as well as help the blood to carry oxygen.  That is the work of the red blood cells, and iron can help to make that happen.  When people are low on iron, the body is not able to attach oxygen and successfully deliver it to the rest of the body.  

They Have a Good but Soft Flavor

Pears have a flavor that quietly sneaks up on you.  I always enjoyed them out a can with some cottage cheese on top.  Their nectar is really good.  When I can get a fresh pear, I love them.  They are soft, so much so that they can often be crushed in your hand.  They have a soft, gritty texture that makes them what they are.  We enjoy them cooked as well as raw.  They may be baked, like apples, or made into a pretty decent cobbler.  As you eat these, you will find they taste better than you remember.  Try adding them on a daily basis.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in St. Louis, Mo.

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