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Pear Health Benefits

Pear is one of the most common fruits in Europe and North America, known to people from ancient times. Even Homer called it the gift of the gods and the queen of fruits. Modern breeders have achieved an amazing number of pear varieties, which are now grown in countries with a wide range of climates and please the inhabitants of the five continents of the globe.

Nevertheless, modern people often forget about the unique health benefits of pears. In this article we will try to make out what useful substances are in this fruit and what are the benefits of eating pears.

 

Composition and nutrients

Pear is sweet, but its calorie content is low, less than in apple, which should please people aspiring to grow thin and still eating something more substantial than water. 100 g of pear contains only 41 kcal. Thus, you can eat this fruit without fearing to grow fat. As for the nutritional value, 100 grams of pear contain 0.4 g of protein, 0.3 g of fat and 10.9 g of carbohydrates, as well as a lot of vitamins – C, A, PP, K, vitamins of group B. As for microelements, there can be named iodine, iron, manganese, magnesium, nickel, calcium, zinc, selenium and some others.

Nutrients found in pears are useful for improving immunity and digestion. Pears are allowed for diabetics, because the sweetness given to this fruit not by glucose, but by fructose. This fruit can be consumed not only in raw form, but also in salads, desserts, juices, side dishes, as a stuffing. There are many easy-to-prepare and delicious dishes which include pears as one of main ingredients.

Beneficial features of Pear

Pear is not only a delicious fruit, but also a medicine – natural and completely safe for human’s organism.

  • Due to the increased content of potassium, the pear is very useful for the heart, especially for patients with arrhythmias. Regular use of pear leads to strengthening of the walls of the blood vessels, which has a positive effect on people suffering from low or high blood pressure.
  • This fruit lifts the mood, helps to get rid of depression and improves the state of immunity.
  • Pear has an anti-inflammatory effect, which is useful for treatment of chronic diseases of the kidneys and urinary tract. It is also a fairly strong diuretic, which perfectly removes excess fluid from the body.
  • The folic acid contained in this sunny fruit is indispensable for pregnant women and children.
  • Organic acids found in pear increase appetite, normalize the intestinal microflora and improve digestion. At the same time, this fruit can be eaten even by the smallest children and people suffering from gastritis and other diseases of the gastrointestinal tract.
  • It will be excellent, if pear puree will be the first supplementary food of your baby. It is a soft and easily digestible food.
  • It is important to note that raw pear, compote made from this fruit and dried pears are very good remedies against prostatitis. This is an excellent prevention of this unpleasant disease for men over 55 years. On the basis of pear extracts, many drugs are being developed to treat prostatitis and increase potency.
  • Thanks to a large number of useful microelements, this fruit is recommended to be eaten even for the treatment of anemia.
  • Masks based on pears and creams with pear extracts are widely used in anti-age cosmetics to improve the color of the skin and increase its elasticity.
  • Pears are an ideal dessert for a diabetic, because for their digestion production of insulin is not required. This is the real exception from the rules, since all other fruits, from bananas to grapes, are contraindicated for people with diabetes.
  • A very pleasant property of the pear is its absolute hypoallergenicity. Even if you constantly sneeze and suffer from itching after eating a pineapple, strawberry or orange, nothing like this will happen with you from a pear!
  • Pear is a good remedy against dizziness and increased fatigue.
  • It is also useful against liver diseases.
  • Pear has antitussive and antipyretic effect, which makes it a good medicine for respiratory diseases.

Despite these many useful properties, raw pears are not recommended to be eaten on an empty stomach, because they can lead to indigestion. It is optimal to eat one or two pears in half an hour or an hour after breakfast or dinner, then the beneficial effect of this fruit will be maximum.

Varieties of Pears

There are many different kinds of pears. Some are very sweet and soft, others are harder and less sweet. The latter ones are very suitable for a healthy diet in winter, because they can be stored at home for a long time. Pears are very different in size, shape, color of skin and meat.

If the pears “Conference” are characterized by the sweetest and most delicate taste, the “Wild” variety has the strongest antioxidant properties and increased amount of vitamins.

There is a simple rule that will allow you to choose a ripe delicious pear regardless of its grade: this fruit should smell strongly even in uncut form, then it will turn out to be sweet.