It’s been a long time since I had some proper and tasty ones.
The other day, as I was watching a cooking show I remembered this magic fruit.
Apart from being very tasty it is also healthy and can help us in our weight battle. Although the peak season for pears is from August to October, you are more likely to find it in supermarkets during any season.
Even though the ones bought before August and after October tend to be harder and contain less juice, you can cook them or poach them in wine and turn them into a delicious dessert or even main course.
So what are the health benefits of pear?
First of all pears contain a good amount of vitamin B2, B3, B6, A, C, K and minerals like calcium, magnesium, potassium, copper and manganese. All these act as antioxidants to protect our cells from free radicals damage. Pears are also said to have more nutrients per calorie than calorie per nutrients.
Pears are high in fiber and have a low glycemic index. This makes it a perfect snack for those who have diabetes, but it also helps prevent some types of cancer due to its’ high fiber content. One pear might contain up to 6 grams. It is well known that a high fiber diet helps prevent colon cancer and keeps the cholesterol level low. Eating pears can also reduce risk of stroke by up to 50 percent.
This fruit has been named by Homer the „gift of Gods”. Among the health benefits already listed, it also contains a strong antioxidant called quercetin, which can be found especially in the skin of the fruit. It helps prevent cancer and artery damage that can lead to heart problems.
Pears are considered hypoallergenic fruits, which means that are the least likely to produce an allergic reaction, which is the main reason that are among the first fruits fed to infants.
A very important fact is that pears ripe from inside out, so if you don’t eat it immediately, try to buy one that is not completely ripe. It might look perfect on the outside, but might be rotten on the inside. For a full nutritional value it is important to eat the skin as well. A sweet pear can reduce the dessert cravings and become a healthy snack.
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