The pear is one of the tastiest fruits you can find, but more importantly – it is packed to the brim with health benefits. This fruit was domesticated over 3,000 years ago, though some speculate that the pear and human history were intertwined since the Stone Age.
Throughout history, pears were among the most celebrated kinds of fruit. In Homer’s Odyssey, it is said that “the pear is the gift of the gods”, while in the court of French King Louis XIV, the pear was considered to be a luxurious delicacy. Nowadays, one can find this marvelous fruit in stores year-round, and despite that, it still remains a gift from the heavens for many reasons.
What makes it so great?
Pears are an excellent source of fiber, containing 3 grams of fiber per 100 grams of fruit. The fibers are soluble, which makes the fruit beneficial for your bowels and able to reduce high levels of bad cholesterol in the body. An 8-year-long study testing 51,000 middle-aged women, found that a high-fiber diet reduced the risk of breast cancer by 34%. In addition to the fibers, pears also contain plenty of vitamin C, potassium, and antioxidants. What pears don’t have, is cholesterol, sodium, saturated fats, and nearly no calories (50kcal for a medium pear).
The pear’s health benefits
1. Lower high blood pressure – Pears are rich in antioxidants and anticarcinogens, which help reduce blood pressure.
2. Cancer prevention – High levels of vitamin C and copper protect your cells from free radicals. Additionally, the pear’s skin contains glutathione – a powerful anti-carcinogen.
3. Reduce cholesterol levels – Thanks to a high concentration of soluble dietary fibers, pears are able to reduce LDL levels. Most of the fiber is found in the pear’s skin.
4. Colon health – Aside from cholesterol, dietary fibers also help regulate your colon and keep its lining healthy.
5. Natural cure for constipation – Pear juice is a natural remedy for constipation.
6. Lower fevers – Pears have fever-reducing properties, especially when juiced.
7. Boost the immune system – The antioxidants in pears are powerful boosters of the immune system.
8. Anti-inflammatory – Pears contain several anti-inflammatory substances.
9. Great for pregnant women – Pears are rich in folic acid, which is vital for the development of the fetus’s nervous system.
10. Slow down calcium loss – Pears are loaded with boron, an element that helps the body retain calcium and slow down calcium loss.
11. Keep the throat healthy – The skin is rich in pectin, which can be helpful in cases of throat aches, by clearing phlegm and relieving coughs.
12. Hypoallergenic – If you suffer from allergies, pears are the perfect fruit for you, as they are hypoallergenic. This makes them one of the best fruits to give to a baby when he or she starts eating solid food.
Here’s how to add pears to your meals:
A few last tips