We are focusing on men’s health this summer, and we want to encourage men to eat foods that will boost colon health and decrease the risk of colon cancer. So, try eating more pears. The dietary fiber and nutrients from plant-based foods are a big part of maintaining overall health and preventing colon cancer. In fact, studies show that getting lots of fruit in your daily diet, such as pears, can reduce the risk for colorectal adenomas (growths that are the precursor in most cases of colorectal cancer).
Pears are a high-fiber fruit with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals that promote good digestive and colon health. One medium pear contains about 5.5 grams of fiber, which is needed to keep your bowels moving and to rid your body of waste and toxins. When you eat a pear, you’re also getting folate, potassium and calcium, as well as antioxidants such as vitamin C, A and lutein and zeaxanthin to protect cells from free-radical damage. Another benefit is magnesium, a mineral that can help reduce your risk of colon cancer.
These Cranberry-Oat Baked Pears are a sweet and tangy fiber-rich snack/dessert to help you reach optimal colon health. Don’t ever ignore symptoms of colon cancer (blood in stool, changes in bowel habits, abdominal pain or unintended weight loss). Be sure to make an appointment with a gastroenterologist if you have concerns. Take care of your digestive health and load up on fiber-rich fruit, such as pears!