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A Pear A Day

Have you ever heard the old saying that an apple a day will keep the Doctor away? Well I'm sure you have somewhere along the way. And if you're health conscience like I am. Than you want to make sure you include a few pieces of fruit in your diet each day. Along with the veggies and other foods that contain a good amount of fiber.

Apples for instance are a great source of fiber and most individuals enjoy a good Granny Smith or Mackintosh once in awhile. But what most people do not realize when choosing fruit that contains fairly high amounts of fiber. Is that the pear by far contain a great deal more fiber than apples do. And pears for the most part contain a heck of a lot more fiber than most fruits and veggies do, that you will find at your local farmers market.

So what's the point I'm trying to make in this article, and why is this so important to know? Important and beneficial to know in multiple ways. Because pears are a true anti carcinogen food. Or basically a fruit that can help prevent cancer and many other diseases that are prevalent in our society. Diseases like Diabetes and Hypertension for example.

In addition pears are a hypoallergenic – (low allergy food) while apples and other fruits may tend to cause more allergy related issues to individuals who have certain food allergies. They aid in digestion and believe or not. Act as a scouring pad when they pass through your gastrointestinal tract. Removing accumulated fats and other waste that build up on the outside folds of your intestines.

The main and end benefit to this is that cancer of the colon. Usually develops as a result of nodules or polyps, for a better word. That if they are of the malignant type can develop into cancer over time. Pears, on the other hand can also be considered a super fruit. Dissolving these polyps or nodules, before they have a chance to turn into a cancer.

So again here in this illustration that I just gave, the pear comes to the rescue. While pears tend to be a bit fleshier in nature than their counterpart the apple. Pears health benefits lie just below the skin itself. Which is the flesh or meat of this fruit? Apples tend to be a bit more difficult for some people to swallow. Because of their tendency to have a tougher skin. And with apples, the benefit here is its fiber content usually found within the skin.

The moral of the story is that if you are truly comparing apples to apples and pears to pears. Than never underestimate the ability of another fruits, or foods ability, to benefit you in some good way. Just because it doesn't look so appealing, or possibly you don't like the fact that pears attract more fruit flies than apples do lets say. That's all hogwash and If you do really have frequent issues with eating apples; because the skin is just too tough to sink your teeth into and you are just not in the mood for peeling off the skin.

And to add - Have a few underlying health issues that may benefit from increasing your fruit intake. Then why not give pears a shot the next time you visit your local farmers market. Your body just may thank you for doing so one day.

Image Credit » Photo courtesy of author James Bowden

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Kasman wrote on November 26, 2014, 5:01 PM

The only type of apple I have ever liked is the Perlim but they are now hard to get round my way so I much prefer bananas, kiwi fruit or pears.

Jlbowden wrote on November 26, 2014, 5:15 PM

Kasman thank you for reviewing my food article here on Persona and appreciate your feedback. I was happy to find that with this article prepared in Word format, and then copied and pasted into Persona text window cooperated with me. Very glad to see that not one of my words was strung together, as had occurred with one of my articles....Dan the Man.

I even went back into that former article to try to edit it in a separate word window, but to no avail. So going forward it looks like article text is acting more friendly towards me so to speak. And I have to thank you as well as Glenn for all of your help. It's good to know that you are also eating your fruit in some form, at least once a day. (:

Feisty56 wrote on November 26, 2014, 9:55 PM

I enjoy pears, but I prefer them to be green and solid rather than ripe and bit mushy. I didn't realize there was such a large amount of fiber in pears -- that's good to know.

Glenn wrote on November 26, 2014, 10:38 PM

Good information. I actually use the Magic Bullet to make a healthy juice drink every day with an Apple, orange and carrots. I'll have to try adding a pear to the blend. I never tried that one yet, although I do enjoy eating pears.

Jlbowden wrote on November 26, 2014, 10:42 PM

Feisty thank you for your comment in reference to my article. Yes pears tend to also last a bit longer when they're a bit on the greener side. To add they last a lot longer too - especially in the heat. But their overall fiber content is nearly three times as that of other foods and fruits.

Jlbowden wrote on November 26, 2014, 10:46 PM

Glenn the Magic Bullet sounds like a kitchen appliance that I'll have to add to my future must have list. Especially if it's useful in making up a healthy fruit drink out of different types of fruit. And don't forget to throw in some Bartlett pears next time you prepare a drink like that.