Pears are so versatile; perfect in salads, canapes, dinners and desserts. They are the perfect fruit bowl staple – a healthy and low-GI snack with loads of fibre and Vitamin C. Pears are a perfect nutritional package, and they are now available year-round in NZ.

It is well known that a diet rich in fruits and vegetables helps protect against chronic illnesses like cardiovascular disease and cancer, diseases associated with many factors. But did you know that some of the vital nutrients found in pears may play preventive roles in these and other diseases?

Pears provide a variety of the nutrients necessary to lead a healthy lifestyle.

 Pears are an excellent source of fibre, providing about 24% of your daily needs.

Fibre is an important preventive agent against many chronic diseases, and it plays a beneficial role in glucose metabolism and diabetes management.

 Pears are sodium-free, cholesterol-free, fat-free, and contain 190mg of potassium, all important players in cardiovascular disease prevention.

 Pears are a good source of vitamin C, an important antioxidant necessary for bone and tissue health and prevention of cardiovascular disease and various cancers.

 Pears are also a natural source of other antioxidants, which, according to the American Dietetic Association, are important in the prevention of cardiovascular disease, cancer and diabetes, may improve immune function, and lower risk for infection.

 As well, pears, like most fruit, are a fat-free, nutrient-dense food that can help fill you up and keep you satisfied. According to Dietary Guidelines, these benefits may aid in weight loss and weight management.

 Want a healthier life? Then the pear is pear-fect!

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