Pears are believed to have originated from central Asia and there are thirty types of edible pears which belong to the Rosacea family, along with cherries, raspberries, and almonds.
There are two main types Asian and European. Asian varieties are firm with a crunchy texture and the while the European variety is softer and juicier when ripened.
The pear is in the shape of a small elongated oval which typically comes in colours of yellow, red, orange, brown and green. Pears tend to be mouth-wateringly sweet with a distinctive grainy, edible skin.
- Has been a traditional remedy for curing alcohol related hangovers due to their antioxidant ability to metabolise alcohol in the bloodstream. (1)
- Should be consumed with the skin as here there are four times the number of phytonutrients, particularly vitamin C, than the inside of the pear which are vital in nourishing the body with vitamins and minerals. (2)
- Plentiful in vitamin B-2 (Riboflavin) which aids in the body’s metabolic process by increasing the level of antioxidants and helping to detoxify the body. (3)
- Consists of antifungal properties where riboflavin inhibits the oxidation of pears, preventing them from rotting early. (4)
- Provides vitamin K which helps in the blood clotting process to help heal wounds quicker and strengthen bones to reduce the risk of osteoporosis. (5)
- Very low in calories and contain no cholesterol which significantly promotes weight loss. (6)
- A great source of fibre, primarily as they contain a grainy texture which cleanses the digestive tract and helps soothe digestion problems. (7)
- Contain flavonoids such as quercetin, and carotenoids which combine to help lower the risks of cancer, type two diabetes, and heart disease. (8)
- Provide good amounts of copper, iron, potassium, manganese, and magnesium which help to regulate blood flow throughout the body. (9)
Pears Nutrition Facts
Serving Size: 100 grams, raw
|Calories from Fat||1|
|Total Fat||0 g||0%|
|Saturated Fat||0 g||0%|
|Total Carbohydrates||15 g||5%|
|Dietary Fibre||3 g||12%|
|Vitamin A 0%||Vitamin C||7%|
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie intake.
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