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Why 'A Pear Per Day' Should Be the Saying

By Brandi Goodman 

"An apple a day keeps the doctor away" is the saying most of us have heard since childhood. Apples contain lots of nutrients and vitamins that work to improve health. What about pears? These similar fruits have an equal amount of benefits that make them worthwhile to add to the diet. They're in season at the same time as apples as well. "A pear per day keeps the doctor away" could be just as wise.

Pears Provide Fiber

Apples are often known as significant sources of fiber. Did you know pears have more fiber than apples? Just one medium pear provides 6 grams of fiber while apples tend to offer just over 4 grams. Fiber is necessary for keeping the digestive tract moving and your stomach feeling well.

There's Plenty of Vitamin C

Vitamin C is beneficial for fighting off colds and keeping the immune system working. It acts as an antioxidant and works to keep cells clean. Pears provide roughly 7 milligrams of this vitamin. 

Pears Come in a Wide Variety

Red or green? That's the question for apples. Though there's many different brands of apples, you only get to choose between two main colors. Pears come in a wide variety of colors and options that can help each person find the one that's the tastiest to them. The more colorful the skin, the more phytonutrients the pear provides, which helps with inflammation. It also works to keep cells clean and reduce the risk of disease. A red Comice pear is a great option. A European wild pear is also a good choice.

They're Low in Calories

Looking for a low-calorie snack? The pear is perfect. With just 100 calories, this fruit makes an excellent snack option for anyone hoping to maintain or even lose weight. The fiber will also help to keep you full and satisfy your hunger needs, meaning you won't soon require another snack to fulfill your body. This is great for keeping your weight down. 

Pears are the perfect fruit for fall and winter. With many antioxidants and vitamins provided, people can use a pear per day to help stave off illness and keep themselves feeling healthy and well. Add pears to your daily meal plan for added benefits. You can also substitute them in all your apple recipes for a slightly different flavor and texture appeal.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Cary, N.C.

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