Pears are one of the most popular fruits consumed all over the world. They have been used for centuries in many cultures around the globe. Some believe that pears were first cultivated in China, but it was not until the 17th century when they started being grown commercially there. Today, pears are widely available throughout Europe and North America.
The fruit is large with a thick skin and has a very sweet taste. It is high in vitamin C and potassium. The flesh of the pear contains a good amount of fiber, vitamins A, B1, B2 and C and minerals such as iron, calcium and magnesium. The fruit is also rich in dietary fiber which helps lower blood cholesterol levels.
In addition to its nutritional value, pears are known for their health benefits because they contain antioxidants called polyphenols. These compounds protect against various diseases including cancer, heart disease, diabetes and Alzheimer’s Disease. Polyphenols may also reduce inflammation.
Pears are also known for their ability to prevent tooth decay. The pulp of the pear contains resveratrol which is believed to help fight age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Resveratrol is a compound found in red wine and other foods that has been shown to slow down or even reverse aging processes.
Pears can help you lose weight because they are low in calories and have no fat. They also make you feel fuller, longer which helps with weight management goals. You can add pears to your diet if you’re trying to lose weight. One cup of sliced pears only contains 86 calories. The total fat content is 0.4 grams and the carbohydrate count is 21.7 grams.
Since pears are also rich in dietary fiber, they help slow down the absorption of sugars and control the rise in your blood sugar levels. This is beneficial if you have diabetes.
1) Digestive system
The high fiber content in pears helps keep your digestive tract running smoothly. It promotes bowel regularity and prevents constipation. Pears can help alleviate symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) by reducing intestinal gas.
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