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Meet: The Asian Pear

An apple a day may keep the doctor away but so can an Asian Pear !
Looking for a new fruit to add to your diet? The asian pear is deliciously sweet and full of healthful benefits.

These fruits are high in fiber, low in calories and contain a number of micronutrients that are important for blood, bone and cardiovascular health. Although delicious on their own, the light sweetness and crispy texture of Asian pears makes them a unique addition to any salad or stir fry.

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FIBER
One large Asian pear contains 116 calories and only 0.6 grams of fat. The majority of these calories come from carbohydrates, with 9.9 of the 29.3 grams of total carbohydrates coming from dietary fiber. Dietary fiber is essential for your intestinal health and helps to promote healthy blood cholesterol and blood pressure levels.

POTASSIUM
The proper functioning of all your body's cells, organs and tissues relies on a healthy balance of electrolytes. Two of the most important electrolytes are sodium and potassium. Asian pears contribute to this balance by being sodium free and providing 7.1 percent of your daily potassium.

VITAMIN K AND COPPER
Vitamin K is important for bone health and vital to your blood's ability to clot, or coagulate. Another important micronutrient for blood and bone health is copper, which is essential to the production of energy, red blood cells and collagen.

VITAMIN C
Aside from vitamin K and copper, the only micronutrient found in high concentrations in Asian pears is vitamin C. This vitamin is important for the growth and repair of bodily tissues, healing wounds and repairing and maintaining bones and teeth.