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‘What to eat!’ series – Pears #31

I don’t know about you but I absolutely love pears. When properly ripe, they are such a delicious, sweet & lovely taste. They also happen to be very healthy.

Like apples, they come in many variety so it is up to you to try them out & find the one you prefer.

Like most fruits, they are an excellent source of fibre as well as pectin & antioxidants polyphenol (especially in the skin!) & quercetin. They also contain vitamin C, K, folate & minerals such as potassium & copper, & are low in calories & high in water.

Benefits of pears

  • Anti-inflammatory
  • Support gut health, especially bowel movement & digestion
  • Blood sugar balance (low GI)
  • May improve heart health
  • May promote eye health
  • May protect against some cancers
  • Support weightloss

Pears can be eaten in many different ways:

  • raw in salads, cereals, smoothies, on their own or with cheeses;
  • topped with spices;
  • cooked (poached) in wine or syrup, or topped with melted dark chocolate (yum);
  • roasted in the oven & served as a side to white meats such as chicken or pork

But remember: most of the nutrients are in the skin so wash them thoroughly & eat them whole.

What about you, do you like pear? Do you have delicious recipes you want to share?

Feel free to share or contact me on +44 (0)7788 444 199 / if you want to explore how nutrition can help you with health concerns you may have.

Food can definitely improve our health: healthy food, healthy gut, healthy mind, healthy you!