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Health Benefits of Pear

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Pears are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids and dietary fibre and pack all of these nutrients in a fat-free, cholesterol-free, 100-calorie package. They are a mild, sweet fruit with a fibrous center.

Nutritional Breakdown

According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, one medium pear (approximately 178 grams) contains:

·        101 calories

·        0 grams of fat

·        27 grams of carbohydrate (including 17 grams of sugar and 6 grams of fibre)

·        1 gram of protein

Pears also contain carotenoids, flavonols, and anthocyanins (in red-skinned pears). Pears and apples are among the top contributors of flavonols in the diet. Eating one medium pear would provide 12 percent of daily vitamin C needs, as well as 10 percent of vitamin K, 6 percent of potassium and smaller amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, vitamin B-6, and folate.

Possible Health Benefits

Many studies have suggested that increasing consumption of plant foods like pears decreases the risk of obesity, diabetes, heart disease, and overall mortality while promoting a healthy complexion, increased energy, and a lower weight. Consuming fruits and vegetables of all kinds has long been associated with a reduced risk of a number of health conditions.

Treating Diverticulosis

Diverticulitis is when bulging sacs in the lining of the large intestine become infected or inflamed. Although the exact cause of diverticular disease is still unknown, it has repeatedly been associated with a low fibre diet. High fibre diets have been shown to decrease the frequency of flare-ups of diverticulitis by absorbing water in the colon and making bowel movements easier to pass. Eating a healthful diet including plenty of fruit, vegetables, and fibre can reduce pressure and inflammation in the colon.

Fibre

Studies have found that diets with 14 grams of fibre for every 1,000 calories were associated with significant reductions in the risk of both coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

Pears are rich in important antioxidants, flavonoids, and dietary fibre. Men under the age of 50 consume 38 grams of fibre per day and women under the age of 50 consume 25 grams per day. Many people in America do not get even 50 percent of their daily recommendation. For adults over 50 years age, the recommendation for men is 30 grams per day and for women is 21 grams per day.

The easiest way to increase fibre intake is to increase the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Just one medium-sized pear provides 6 grams of fibre, about 24 percent of the daily need for a woman under 50.

Diabetes

A high-fibre diet is associated with a lower risk of developing diabetes and more stable blood sugar levels.

Weight loss

Fruits and vegetables that are high in fibre help to keep you feeling fuller for longer and are also low in calories. Increased fibre intake has been shown to enhance weight loss for obese individuals.

Digestion

The fibre content in pears prevents constipation and promotes regularity for a healthy digestive tract.

Detox

Regular, adequate bowel movements are crucial for the daily excretion of toxins through the bile and stool. Pears are approximately 84 percent water, which helps keep stools soft and flush the digestive system of toxins.

Cardiovascular Disease and Cholesterol

Increased fibre intake has also been shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. A review of 67 separate controlled trials found that even a modest 10-gram per day increase in fibre intake reduced LDL and total cholesterol. Recent studies have shown that dietary fibre may even play a role in regulating the immune system and inflammation, consequently decreasing the risk of inflammation-related conditions such as cardiovascular disease, diabetes, cancer, and obesity.

·        Pears taste great poached with cinnamon and anise.

·        Pears do not ripen while on the tree.

·        For best flavor, allow pears to ripen in a warm, sunny area for several days or until the neck of the pear yields to pressure. Refrigeration stops the ripening process.

Possible Health Risks

It is the total diet or overall eating pattern that is most important in disease prevention and achieving good health. It is better to eat a diet with a variety than to concentrate on individual foods as the key to good health.

Fruits, like apple and pear contain a higher amount of fructose compared with glucose; they are considered a high FODMAP food. A diet high in FODMAPs may increase gas, bloating, pain, and diarrhea in people suffering from irritable bowel disorders.

 

FODMAP stands for "fermentable oligosaccharides, disaccharides, monosaccharides, and polyols;" these are all forms of fermentable short-chain carbohydrates. A diet low in these types of carbohydrates has been shown to decrease common symptoms for people who are FODMAPs sensitive.