Thursday, September 11, 2014

Day 11

A Different Fruit A Day Personal Health Challenge

Pears are one of Oma’s favorite fruits. Pears are consumed fresh, canned, as juice, and dried. Pears are a good source of dietary fiber and a good source of vitamin C. However, you should keep in mind that most of the vitamin C, as well as the dietary fiber, is contained within the skin of the fruit!

In recent studies measuring risk of type 2 diabetes in U.S. women, pears have earned very special recognition. Researchers now know that certain flavonoids in food can improve insulin sensitivity, and of special interest in this area have been three groups of flavonoids (flavonols, flavan-3-ols, and anthocyanins). A medium pear contains approximately 100 calories.

Interesting Fact: Did you know that pears are a member of the rose family of plants (Rosaceae), which, in addition (of course) to roses, contains a long list of fruits including apples, apricots, cherries, chokeberry, crabapples, loquats, peaches, plums, quinces, raspberries, serviceberries, and strawberries as well as the tree nut, almonds?

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