Don’t peel your pears

shutterstock_212371069October 8 — Have you ever heard of Quercetin? How about antioxidants? Here’s a fun bit of information that might come in handy in science class:

  • Antioxidants are molecules that inhibits a chemical reaction involving the loss of electrons or an increase in oxidation state.
  • Quercetin belongs to a group of plant pigments called flavonoids that give many fruits, flowers, and vegetables their color — which means it’s often in the skin of a fruit.

Did you know: Pears — with the skin on — have both, so eating them can helps prevent cancer — and it can help reduce blood pressure. So don’t peel your pears! And here’s more good news: Pears are a hypoallergenic fruit, so if you have food sensitivities can usually eat pears with no adverse effects. Eating three or more servings of fruits a day, such as pears, may also lower your risk of age-related macular degeneration (ARMD), the primary cause of vision loss in older adults. Click here for Edible Education’s recipes for cooking with pears.