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When Was the Last Time You Had Pears?

By Tom Herrin

There are a lot of foods that people eat often, and there are a lot that they almost never eat.  When it comes to fruits, apples and oranges are usually on the list of those that end up on everyone's shopping list.  Bananas are another grab-and-go fruit that is pretty popular.  

But some fruits seem to get lost in the crowded field.  One of those is the pear.  If some people were asked about the last time they had pears, their response might be when they had it from a baby food jar.  It is a fruit that is easy on the stomach and everyone enjoys it, especially when they are stealing a bite from their own baby's food (or grandchild's food in my case).  A lot of times, it becomes a more forgotten food simply because it does not get the hype that many other foods have, but it has some pretty good things to offer for health.

They Are Nutritious

Pears are like any other fruit in that they have lots of nutrients.  The list is pretty extensive as they have potassium, folate, copper, magnesium, manganese, phenolic compounds, Vitamins C and K, as well as some from the B-complex group.  Anyone who has eaten them can attest to their fiber content.  They work well to keep those babies regular and can do the same for adults.

They May Improve Circulation

Their content of iron and copper make pears great for circulation.  Iron is critical in order for the red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body.  Copper plays a big part in helping the blood to pick up minerals and move them.  It is a delicate and useful combination for the blood flow.

They Are Still Good to Eat

Anyone who has eaten pears is aware of how good they taste.  They are almost always sweet, but  with a special type of sweetness.  They are soft, so the are not hard when biting into them.  They are great raw but have a lot of potential when cooked.  We have them in cobblers often.  I always enjoy them right out a can, maybe with cottage cheese.  As a snack or dessert, they are filling with all of that fiber and a high water content.  If you haven't had them in a while, pick up a few and give them a try.  You will probably be glad to have them back on the menu.

To learn more about your health, wellness, and fitness, see your local chiropractor at The Joint Chiropractic in Austin, Tex.

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