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Pear Nutrition

 

Pear Nutrition FactsPears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and it’s no wonder why! They are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving. And, they’re sodium free, fat free, and cholesterol free. That’s a lot of nutrition in one sweet and juicy package!

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables is the foundation for a healthy lifestyle, and pears are a delicious part of this menu. But what makes pears so healthy?

Let’s take a closer look, starting with the USDA’s Dietary Guidelines for Americans!

 

Nutrient-Dense

Nutrient-Dense

Pears pack a nutritional punch! A medium sized pear (about 166 grams) is a nutrient-dense food that contains only 100 calories, and is fat free. A nutrient-dense food is any food that provides vital nutrients (such as vitamins and minerals), but relatively few calories. Nutrient-dense foods are also usually higher in fiber and water, components that tend to make us feel full faster and for longer. Pears are nutrient-dense and an excellent source of fiber. One medium pear provides 6 grams of fiber, which is about 24% of the Daily Value, and can help you feel satisfied longer between meals and snacks.
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Fiber

Fiber

Pears are an excellent source of fiber!
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Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Dietary Guidelines for Americans

Pears are a healthy choice for Americans! According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), Americans should make half the plate fruits and vegetables at every meal to help reduce risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and certain cancers. USA Pears supports MyPlate, a simple guide to healthier meals as defined by the DGA from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). Pears are a convenient, affordable, and delicious way to help meet the MyPlate guidelines and build the foundation for healthy eating. Recommendations from the DGA include: Balancing Calories Enjoy your food, but eat less. Avoid
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Vitamin C, Phytonutrients, and Antioxidants, oh my!

Vitamin C, Phytonutrients, and Antioxidants, oh my!

Pears are a good source of vitamin C. Each medium-sized pear contains approximately 7 mg, which is 10% of the daily value. Pears also naturally contain phytonutrients and other antioxidants, a variety of which are found in the vibrantly colored skins of the different pear varieties. Choose a mix of colors for an added benefit. Generally, fruits and vegetables are naturally occurring sources of antioxidants, and vitamin C is a very well-known antioxidant. In fact, vitamin C is often called “The Antioxidant Vitamin.” Aside from preventing oxidative damage, vitamin C is essential for cell growth and repair. It is needed for normal metabolism and
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Pears and Diabetes

Pears and Diabetes

Pears: A Sweet You Can Eat Type 2 Diabetes: Overview  We naturally have sugar in the bloodstream that provides energy to every body cell. Healthy levels of this sugar, glucose, are maintained by insulin, a hormone secreted when blood sugar rises too high. Type 2 diabetes happens when your body doesn’t make enough insulin or your body’s cells don’t respond normally to insulin, called insulin resistance. This causes high blood sugar and immediately starts to starve cells of energy. Over time, high blood sugar damages sensitive tissues, such as those in the extremities, eyes, and kidneys. What Should I Eat?
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Sodium Free

Sodium Free

Hold the sodium, but add the potassium with pears! Pears are sodium-free and each medium-sized pear offers about 190 mg of potassium, which is 5% of the Daily Value. If sodium-free pears replace higher sodium foods in the diet, overall sodium intake may be reduced. Although it’s a disease associated with many factors, high blood pressure risk may be reduced by a diet low in sodium. Most Americans eat much more than the maximum recommended sodium intake—2300 mg/day, or about 1 teaspoon of table salt. Since sodium is found in many foods, choosing foods that are sodium-free or low in sodium (containing
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Fat Free

Fat Free

Pears are fat-free and cholesterol-free.  Including pears in your diet in place of higher fat foods may decrease your overall intake of fat and cholesterol. While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease. Likewise, development of cancer depends on many factors. A diet low in total fat may reduce the risk of some cancers. We need fat in our diets to perform many functions in the body. That said, too much fat—especially too much trans fat or cholesterol—may lead to coronary heart disease, a disease associated with many factors.
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From the Orchard

From the Orchard

The story of the delectable pear begins in the soil. Rich volcanic soil provides the foundation needed for growing sweet, superb pears, starting with a wide variety of minerals. As water from nearby riverbeds and snowmelt seeps into the ground, these minerals are enveloped and soaked up through the pear tree’s roots. Once inside, these minerals and water serve as vital nourishment as the tree flourishes in the northwest sunshine. With this exceptional combination of nature’s elements, the pear tree bears succulent fruit that ensnares some of these vital nutrients in a sweet and juicy package for our enjoyment.