Numerous fruit species and subspecies that fall under the genus Pyrus can all be technically called pears. They’re native in various temperate regions from Europe all the way to Asia. There are in fact species of pear that aren’t even “pear-shaped”.
The fruit presents in different colors too – green with a tinge of red, bright yellow to golden yellow, and even plain and dull brown. Some types don’t even change color and remain mostly green even when ripe. Regardless of shape or color though, most common varieties of pears are nutritious and have much to contribute to your quest for Superhuman health.
Continue reading to discover the benefits of this common and seemingly ordinary fruit.
This fruit is an abundant source of dietary fiber. For every 100 grams of raw fresh pear you can receive 3 grams of this nutrient. Fiber content in conjunction with antioxidant phytochemicals makes the fruit a good preventive measure against diabetes, cardiovascular diseases and certain types of cancer.
Normal blood sugar – Pears are well suited for helping decrease chances of diabetes not just through rich fiber content but also through certain flavonols. Quercetin, kaempferol, and epicatechins are some examples of these substances which have been found to improve insulin sensitivity. One of the underlying problems with diabetes mellitus type 2 is that blood sugar regulation is hampered by the body no longer responding properly to insulin.
Healthy heart – One of the ways fiber content in pears works to keep your cardiovascular system healthy is by binding with certain bile acids in the intestine. With less bile acid, less cholesterol is actually produced. This is basically the same way certain cholesterol-lowering pharmaceuticals work.
Healthy digestive system – This ability of pear dietary fiber to lower concentrations of bile acid in the intestines also has the effect of decreasing the chances of developing colorectal cancer. Meanwhile, phytochemicals in pears such as cinnamic acid lowers the risk of stomach cancer.
Pears are noted for being a low-allergy fruit. This probably explains the fairly common practice of using natural pear juice as an infant’s first exposure to fruit beverages. This also makes the fruit a consistently safe option in the strict diets of those suffering food allergies.
Pear Practical Uses:
Most common varieties of pears can be used interchangeably whether you plan to grill, bake, juice or simply eat them out of hand. There are still small differences in characteristics though that makes one type more suited for a particular preparation over another.
- Bosc and Concorde pears, for example, with their slightly tougher meat even when ripe, are usually used for baking.
- Crunchy Asian varieties, meanwhile, with their crisp texture similar to apples, are good for salads.
- Seckel pears given their small size can be used whole in certain dessert recipes.
- Bartlett pears can become mealy in a short time and should probably be eaten out of hand as soon as they’re ripe.
- The Anjou variety is often considered to be all-purpose, good either fresh or cooked when they’re ripe.
The most convenient tools to have in your kitchen when preparing pears would be a paring knife and a melon baller. The knife is good for peeling, slicing and cutting away that part of the stem that slightly extends into the body of the pear. The baler, meanwhile, is the easiest tool for coring the fruit and using it does not take out too much of the meat in the process.
In the next post, I’ll tell you the benefits of pineapples that will help you in your quest to Become Superhuman.
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