Do you remember the old saying about apples? It goes like this, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away.” Researchers have found there is much truth to this old adage. You can also substitute “pears” in the saying in place of apples, or in addition to apples. Pears have also been found to be excellent for good health. Both apples and pears have even been found beneficial for asthma.
Apple and Pear Nutrients
Apples and pears are nutrient-rich foods, packed with fiber that helps us feel satisfied longer and aids with digestion. Pears and apples are also excellent sources of polyphenols, which are antioxidents that fight disease processes such as cancer, hypertension (high blood pressure), and inflammation in the body. Due to their anti-inflammatory properties, apples and pears are great fruits for asthmatics, since asthma is an inflammatory disease of the lungs.
Here is a comparison of the nutrients found in apples and pears of medium size, raw, with skin:
Carbohydrates 17.3 g
Vitamin A 67.5 IU
Vitamin C 5.7 mg
Vitamin E 0.2 mg
Vitamin K 2.8 mg
Vitamin B6 0.1mg
Vitamin B12 0.0mg
Pantothenic acid 0.1mg
Vitamin A 33 IU
Vitamin C 7 mg
Vitamin E .83mg
Vitamin K 7.4mg
Vitamin B6 .03mg
Vitamin B12 0.0mg
Pantothenic acid 12mg
Many of the nutrients in pears and apples are found in their skin. If you eat the skin, it is best to wash the fruit under cold, running water and scrub it with a soft cloth or paper towel. Another option is to buy organic or pesticide-free fruit.
Apples and pears make a great addition to most any meal, and are great to pack in your lunch. They also make great snacks in between meals; their fiber will help you to feel fuller for longer periods than eating something like potato chips or other unhealthy snacks. Pears and apples make wonderful desserts when used in pies, tarts and cakes. They can also be added to main course dishes, and are a great match with chicken and pork.
Apples and Pears for your Daily Diet
Adding pears and apples to your daily diet will not only help your asthma, but will also keep your body healthy with the many vitamins and minerals they offer in a low calorie package. Not only are apples and pears healthy for you, but they also taste good and can be added to your diet in many ways. Help you and your family stay healthy by following the old adage: An apple a day keeps the doctor away. You and your doctor will be very happy with the health you gain from these nutrient-rich fruits.
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