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Here are three reasons to eat more pears:
1. Pears help prevent diabetes
Red pears contain anthocyanin, an antioxidant that can help reduce insulin resistance, a risk factor for developing diabetes.
Studies from Harvard University found that people who consume greater amounts of anthocyanin-rich foods â€¨have a lower risk of developing type 2 diabetes.
2. Pears are full of fibre
Pears are noteworthy because they contain both soluble fibre, which helps lower cholesterol levels, and insoluble fibre, which promotes regularity. One pear has six grams of fibre, or about 20 percent of your daily recommended intake.
3. Pears are a great ready-to-go snack
Pears continue to ripen after being harvested, but they keep well in the crisper because refrigeration delays the ripening process. A few days before you're ready to eat one, leave it at room temperature. It's ripe when the neck gives â€¨to gentle thumb pressure.
Be sure to try out some of our delicious pear recipes:
Upside-Down Buttermilk Pear Cake
Pear and Celery Soup
|This story was originally titled "Why We Love Pears" in the January 2013 issue. |
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