Pears are one of the oldest cultivated fruits in the world, and thought to have been first cultivated in the Caucasus region more than 4,000 years ago. A pome fruit and considered a member of the Rosaceae family, there are currently thousands of varieties of pears grown all over the world.
Through the centuries, pears have been highly valued for their flavour as well as medicinal properties. In ancient Greece, they were even used as a natural remedy against nausea. While often passed over in favour of their relative – the apple – pears are not only juicy and delicious, but they also offer tons of health benefits.
These are 6 reasons why you should include pears to your fruit intake:
Fights illnesses, diseases and cancer
Loaded with vitamins A, B, C, D and K as well as with minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, zinc and potassium, pears help to fight diseases and illnesses and boost the immune system. The high levels of antioxidants in pears also help to regulate blood pressure levels. Additionally, the calcium promotes stronger bones and eating pears regularly will reduce the risk of bone-related diseases like osteoporosis. Best of all, pears can maintain a healthy colon, repair a defective one and reduce your chance of developing colon cancer.
Keeps up your energy levels
High in glucose and fructose, eating a pear can effectively increase your energy levels!
Detoxifies the body
Should you find yourself feeling constipated, eat pears! Pears contain digestive fibre that aids the digestive processes in your body by clearing the digestive tracks, leading to proper bowel movements. Eating pears are good for people who lose weight too – they satiate you and curb your appetite, therefore decreasing your food intake. Fibre also reduces cholesterol, preventing heart disease and reduces the risk of stroke by up to 50%.
An ideal snack especially for those who observe a low-calorie diet or want to lose weight, pears contain only 58 calories per 100gm serving.
Maintains healthy skin
Collagen is vital in the renewal of skin cells and pears prevent our skin collagen from being damaged. The vitamins and minerals found in pears not only help to fight acne too, but using pear as a natural facial mask (mashed pear, honey and cream mixture) can also treat oily skin.
Good for developing foetuses
Pears contain a high amount of folic acid which is important for the development of a healthy neural tube in foetuses. It is very important for a pregnant woman to consume folic acid regularly as it prevents birth defects in foetuses.