The Health Benefits of Pears

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We all eat plenty of apples and bananas but do we eat enough pears? I don’t think so, but I am sure we would if we all knew the health benefits they provided. Did you know pears contain vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants that help build up and protect the immune system from several different health problems such as cancers, inflammation, blood deficiencies, skin problems, allergies, asthma, heart problems, colon cancer, stomach problems, digestive problems, colds and the flu? If you didn’t you do now and I will tell you how to get the health benefits from the pears and how they prevent certain types of health problems.

For those of you who are unsure of what a pear is it usually is a round bottom like an apple and a skinny top with a stem. The skin of the pear can vary in colors and usually comes in greens, browns, and yellows. Behind the pears eatable skin there is a nice white crisp sweet juicy flesh like and apple, but a lot sweeter. Pears contain health benefiting nutrients like vitamin A and C, iron, thiamine, riboflavin, calcium, phosphorus, potassium, health fat and protein, carbohydrates, and niacin. All these nutrients from pears help prevent weakened immune systems, digestive problems and cancers, allergies, asthma, inflammation, kidney problems, fevers, colds, skin problems, sore throats, cancers, blood deficiencies, and aging. However, there is a trick to get these health benefits from pears and that knows which pears to pick and eat.

There are four varieties of pears I know of and they are Comice, Bartlett’s, Bosc, and Anjou’s. Comice Pears are my favorite pears because they contain the most nutrients and have a nice light green soft skin like an apple and a juice sweet center that taste like candy. If I were to recommend a pear to eat that provides the most nutrients and taste the best the Comice Pear would be the one. Bosc Pears are what I call the brown dried out pear with not a lot of flavor, but they do contain a lot of iron which is needed by people suffering from iron deficiency. However, the Bosc Pears I do not like and wouldn’t recommend eating unless you needed some iron. Bartlett Pears are yellow pears with a white fleshy center and are semi sweet and crisp and contain a lot of nutrients in them that help prevent the health problems I mentioned above. These pears would be my second favorite ones to choose from if there wasn’t any Comice Pears. The Anjou’s Pears are greenish yellow and do not have very much flavor, but they are a good source of fiber and nutrients. The best way to pick a pear is to make sure they are not too hard or soft and have a sweet pear scent to them. Otherwise in my opinion they are simply no good and not worth buying to eat or use to get the health benefits from.

The best places to buy pears are an orchard, fruit stand or grocery store. You can also get them from your grocery store in cans and you will still get the same health benefits from them, but they may contain more sugars and less fiber. Either way makes sure you eat some pears so you can prevent some health problems in the future and treat some common health problems now. Enjoy your sweet juicy pears and remember the best pears to eat are the Comice Pears.


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