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Forget Apples! Why You Should Be Eating a Pear a Day

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Pears

With school buses and cooler breezes blowing by, instead of being depressed about summer being over, revel in the fact that it’s fall! No more hot and humid workouts, plus a whole world of autumnal produce is at your fingertips. While apples get most of the attention, pears should not be ignored. The soft, sweet, buttery flesh of the pear makes this fall fruit perfect for enjoying fresh or for using in healthy recipes, like these edamame and pear crostinis or this pear berry smoothie. Plus, there are so many varieties to choose from — Bartlett, Bosc, and Anjou — that they each seem like a different fruit. These juicy gems are pretty healthy for you, too.

Pears are one of the highest-fiber fruits, offering six grams per medium-sized fruit, helping you meet your daily requirement of 25 to 30 grams. Filling up on fiber keeps you regular to prevent a bloated belly caused by constipation, which also helps prevent colon cancer. A diet high in fiber can also keep your cholesterol levels down, which is good news for your ticker. Getting your fill of fiber from fruit is also linked to a reduced risk of breast cancer,

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