Fibrous Fruit—Spotlight On The Health Benefits Of The Pear

In this blog, I wanted to spotlight the health benefits of the pear.

Pear

Pears are a popular choice for many consumers, especially in the fall when they are abundant. Like the banana and apple, pears are convenient to eat and are quite tasty. They are sweet and have a soft, appealing texture. Pears are loaded with many nutrients that help your body function optimally too.

Some nutrients in pears include:

  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin K
  • Copper
  • Iron
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • And more

Pears grow on trees that produce a high energy, nutrient dense fruit. While pears do contain some natural sugar, they are one of the lowest calorie fruits available. Pears contain right around 100 calories, making them a popular choice for many people, especially those looking to lose weight. Pears contain a healthy amount of fiber, which is beneficial for the digestion process. The high fiber content, which helps make you feel full, coupled with an assortment of vitamins and minerals, makes the pear a perfect food choice and delicious snack.

pear tree

There are other health benefits of the pear too. Pears are an anti-inflammatory food and can help boost your immune system, which is great, especially for those suffering from arthritis and autoimmune diseases. Pears also help lower blood pressure and cholesterol and are beneficial in the prevention of a number of different forms of cancers. In addition, pears help improve blood circulation and may help build your red blood cell count, making them a good choice for many, especially those dealing with iron deficiency anemia.

Pears come in a variety of shapes, sizes and colors. In fact, there are approximately 3000 different species of pears available world-wide.  Wow—that’s quite an assortment. Some varieties look similar to the apple, where others have more of an elongated look and still others have several color tones, making them unique.

pear varieties

Pears can eaten for breakfast, enjoyed as a snack, or mixed in your favorite smoothie or bowl with other healthy ingredients. There are many possibilities.  Some people enjoy baking with pears too. Pears make a tasty pie, cobbler, crisp, muffins and more.

Make sure you reach for this nutrient dense fruit, while it is in season to enjoy its many health benefits.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

https://www.organicfacts.net/health-benefits/fruit/pears.html

Jolly, Rajan Singh. “The Nutritional And Health Benefits Of Pears.” HubPages, HubPages, 3 Jan. 2016, hubpages.com/health/The-Nutritional-And-Health-Benefits-Of-Pears.

Fibrous Fruit—Spotlight On Health Benefits Of Apricots

In this blog post, I wanted to spotlight the health benefits of apricots.

Apricots
Apricots

Like the banana, apricots not only are a sweet, tasty fruit, but are loaded with a variety of healthful nutrients. Did you know that the apricot is considered one of the healthiest fruit in the world?¹ That’s Right! The apricot has many health benefits.

Apricots contain vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin E, and vitamin K. They also contain potassium, magnesium, manganese, copper and are a great source of fiber. In addition, they contain a healthy dose of iron, which helps carry oxygen and blood throughout your body and is vital for muscle and brain health. When I developed iron deficiency anemia a few years ago, dried apricots became a staple in my pantry.

Dried Apricots
Dried Apricots

In fact, in my new book, Wholey Cow A Simple Guide To Eating And Living, I talk a little bit about how I developed iron deficiency anemia and how it lead me on a path to learning more about nutrition and eating healthier foods, such as apricots. They are a sweet treat and make a healthy snack. They also are an iron-rich food source which helps to sustain your energy.

Apricots not only help with anemia, but are useful for a number of other ailments including indigestion, constipation, and aid in heart health. They are also beneficial for lowering cholesterol, can help with eyesight deterioration and are beneficial for your skin.

Heart Health
Heart Health

Apricots are related to plums, but look more like a small peach. Apricots have a soft, fleshy texture with an outer protective skin and are grown on trees. While it is not clear where apricots originated, they date back to ancient times and were popular in China, Armenia, Greece, Rome and India.

Apricot Tree
Apricot Tree

Make sure you enjoy this tasty fruit and its nutritional benefits while it is in season, or the dried version throughout the year!

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

¹Nandy, Priyadarshini. “8 Amazing Apricot Benefits: The Nutritional Heavyweight Among Fruits.” Food.ndtv.com. N.p., 19 Apr. 2016. Web. 16 May 2017.

²”10 Impressive Apricot Benefits.” Organic Facts. N.p., 01 June 2017. Web. 17 July 2017.

Fibrous Fruit—Spotlight On Bananas

In this post, I wanted to spotlight the banana.

I don’t know about you, but I love bananas. They are both delicious and nutritious. Many consumers like bananas because they are convenient to grab on the go and have a sweet taste and a creamy texture. Bananas are loaded with a bunch of nutrients your body needs and craves. They also contain a fair amount fiber, which aids in the digestion process and helps to balance friendly bacteria in the gut.

Some nutrients in the banana include the following:

  • Potassium
  • Vitamin B6
  • Copper
  • Manganese
  • Vitamin C
  • Protein
  • and More

While bananas do contain natural sugar, they rank low to medium on the glycemic index. This means they don’t increase your blood sugar level very fast, which is good, especially for diabetics.

Bananas have other health benefits too. Bananas are not only loaded with important antioxidants that benefit your well being, but may also support heart health. Bananas contain the mineral potassium, which can help lower blood pressure. Bananas can also make you feel full, as they contain a resistant starch, which is an indigestible carbohydrate and works like a soluble fiber in your body. Bananas and other fruit digest slower than most processed foods and trigger satiety hormones to help prevent over eating.

While most people assume bananas grow on trees, they actually are considered the largest herbaceous flowering plant and can grow 10-26 feet high.

Bananas grow in clusters with individual bunches known as hands. They kind of look like a pod that grows down from a branch and then opens with individual banana fruit.

It is a fascinating plant.

Many people eat bananas for breakfast or enjoy them as an afternoon snack. They also make a great post-work out food. Bananas can also be added to smoothies, yogurt or sliced over a piece of peanut butter toast. They also are great for baking and make delicious bread, muffins, pudding and pies.

Hope you are including the banana in your diet for its many health benefits.

Thanks for reading!

Barb

Source:

“11 Evidence-Based Health Benefits of Bananas .” Authority Nutrition. N.p., 17 Aug. 2016. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.

“Bananas.” Bananas. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.

“Banana.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Feb. 2017. Web. 23 Feb. 2017.