Eat– for Good Health

Don’t we know fresh tree-ripened pears when we see them? My husband enjoys fresh fruit with the lunch I pack for him every day.  Yesterday I bought Comice Pears at Sprouts Farmers Market. 



Comice is also known as the “Christmas pear,” this elegant varietal works well with (try low calorie laughing cow) cheese. Slight color change when ripe, the Comice is very large, juicy and sweet to taste. Available September through February, this shipment was from Yakima Farms. 

Fresh produce can replace “obesogens” which are fat-producing chemicals found in processed food. The absolute worst of these is corn syrup, and when I read labels, I’m shocked at its prevalence.  According to obesogen expert Stephen Perrine and fully explained by Dr Oz, these compounds are fattening beyond their caloric value.  Sugar and corn syrup was the subject of a recent study at the University of Texas, proving how these substances sucker punch the liver, triggering warp-speed fat production for at least four hours.  Friends, replace those “healthly, ha!” cereal bars with fresh fruit 


11 thoughts on “Eat– for Good Health

  1. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Reba, I can answer that one. Research has found that the higher level of pesticides in your body, the wider your waist circumference and body mass index. Of course part of the reason this is true– people who consume a lot of fatty meat would automatically end up this way. We eat small servings of very lean meat at home.

  2. Kathleen Rowland

    Mary Alice, your masters in biochemistry comes in handy! In some areas of the country, pesticides from farms seeps into soil and ends up in drinking water. Obesogens absorbed from plastic water bottles have also been studied. Luckily Dr Oz advises a fix– a granular activated carbon filter attached to a faucet will block obesogens.

  3. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    I don’t think people who switch from sugary, chemically-laden packaged foods miss them. Pears and other fresh produce is so much better tasting!

  4. Mary Alice Tallmadge

    Janesa, they certainly are! Japanese Americans made contributions to agriculture with sophisticated irrigation methods. This made it possible to cultivate fruits, vegetables, and flowers on previously marginal land. They enhanced rice farming on “unusable” land. Japanese Californian farmers made rice a major crop of the state.

  5. Kathleen Rowland

    Yup, really awful. Internment camps were a terrible civil rights violation. After Japan’s attack on Pearl Harbor, there was fear and great prejudice against Japanese Americans. Without any solid evidence to think this, the U.S. government worried that Japanese Americans would help Japan during World War II and moved them to War Relocation Camps.

  6. Rose Anne Cramer

    I read about the conditions there– a family as large as sixteen was crowded into two rooms with a bare light bulb dangling from the ceiling. Food was poorly prepared. Japanese never ate rice the way it was prepared with apricots on top. Barracks were not solid and finished. Swirling dust blew in through every crack and knothole.

  7. Kathleen Rowland

    Rose Anne, I found it uplifting that the Japanese “inmates” made things better for themselves by patching walls with things they found in garbage such as can lids. They also started growing their own food (through irrigation) and volunteering to cook in the kitchen.

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