Are Pears Good for You?


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Pears are a healthy part of a balanced diet because they contain very little fat and just over 100 calories per serving of one medium pear. They also contain 5.5 grams of fiber and are a good source of vitamin C, vitamin K and copper.

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Pears are especially healthy when eaten with the skin intact because the skin contains up to four times as many phenolic phytonutrients as the fruit. Some of these phytonutrients help prevent cancer and reduce inflammation. Pears also contain compounds that help reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes in women. When eating canned pears, the kind with cloudy juice is healthier than the kind with clear juice. Cloudy juice contains the pear pulp responsible for some of the antioxidant effects of this fruit.

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