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Pears Nutrition: Facts and Health Benefits of Pears
The health benefits of pears should be enjoyed as often as possible as this fruit provides some important and essential vitamins and nutrients. The fibre in pears is high, it provides a rich source which can influence weight loss as part as a well balanced and controlled diet. Fibre makes you feel fuller for longer and encourages bowel movement, keeping the digestive process functioning healthily, this is why this fruit is an ideal but healthy option for dieting.

Pears Nutrition: Nutritional Data and Info
The natural sweetness of this fruit is also very satisfying, especially when trying to counteract sugar cravings! For anybody who suffers with fruit allergies, pears are often a very good option as they do not tend to cause allergic reactions - hence the reason why they are ideal for as a baby's first fruit. Pears are have benefits for athletes or anybody who exercises regularly as the fruit can replace lost minerals and nutrients quickly. One prickly pear benefits the body with approximately one tenth of the recommended daily potassium -  lost greatly through perspiration and a lack of this mineral can leave the body feeling very fatigued. This is a fruit that is packed with nutrition and can help keep your strength up, the nutritional value of pears is too great to be ignored!

Pears Nutrition: Nutritional Information about Pears
In addition to the health benefits of pears outlined above, this fruit also provides vitamin B3, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E and vitamin K. Although not in particularly high amounts as with some other fruits. The general overall nutritional value of pears is very good and can certainly benefit your overall health and well-being.

 

Pears Nutrition: Facts and Health Benefits

  • Nutrition Fact: this picture is of a conference pear tree, one of the most commonly grown and popular pear varieties, particularly in Great Britain.
  • Nutrition Fact: Pears keep well and str versatile enough to eat either raw or cooked - either way it's sweet, juicy and delicious!
  • Nutrition Fact: Conference pears have russet colored skin which turns yellow - green in color as they start to matures.
  • Nutrition Fact: This is a healthy fruit which makes an ideal snack or a healthy desert option! Pears can provide a good level of nutrition to young children.

Conference Pear Tree

Pears Nutrition: Carbs and Calories in Pears

Pears are crammed with nutrition, low in calories and carbs, and an excellent, healthy and sweet tasting fruit whether its eaten raw, fresh, cooked, canned or dried. The amount of calories in pears depends on the method the fruit is served or cooked, for example if the fruit is served in syrup, obviously it will contain more calories. This fruit is extremely low in fat, with only a trace. The following calorie guide can be used to calculate the amount of pear calories and carbohydrates:

Nutritional Content: Calories in Pears per 100 grams:

Canned pears in natural juice nutrition: 33 calories / 8.5 carbs
Canned pears in syrup nutrition: 50 calories / 13.2 carbs
Prickly pear calories nutrition: 48 calories per pear

 

Pears Nutrition: Health Benefits and Nutritional Facts
Pears are closely related to apples, in fact there are almost as many varieties, this isn't always apparent as there are not many types of pears widely available for sale as there are apples. The common pear fruit which we are know best, such as conference pears, take a wide shape at the bottom of the fruit, narrowing at the top where the stem is located. The phrase pear shaped is often used to reflect body shapes and situations that are doomed to go wrong! Some kinds of pears are shaped more roundly making them appear a little more like the apple fruit, however, their coloring is usually paler than the apple.

Like apples, the flesh of a pear surrounds its central core and pips. As you can see from the first picture below, pears grow on trees. It's believed that as many, or perhaps more than 5000 named varieties are grown throughout the world. Pear skin bruises easily so it's important to pick smooth, unblemished varieties. The color of pears varies from shades yellow, green, red and rustic. The flesh is white, if the pear is ripe, it the flesh shouldn't be too firm or hard - when the flesh begins to soften, the pear will be far sweeter, juicier and aromatic. This delicious fruit can be eaten raw or cooked. Please see further down the page for preparing, serving and cooking suggestions for pears. There are so many ways to enjoy the benefits of pears, this wonderful fruit can be baked, pouched, grilled, microwaved and even dried. The history of pears dates back centuries when they first appeared growing wild in Europe and Asia - the fruit was favored by the Romans and ancient Phoenicians.

Pears Nutrition: Varieties of Pears

There are around 5000 types of pears grown across the world, despite the fact that many kinds remain unknown to us as we are limited to the varieties available in our shops, markets or home grown varieties. Pears are seasonal which means that specific types may not be readily available in all countries, throughout the year. For more information, facts and a pear varieties list, please refer to the
varieties of pears which covers the popular types from different countries.

Pears Nutrition: Picking and Storing Pears
Take care when selecting this sort of fruit as the skin can become damaged quite easily which reduces its nutritional value and goodness. Therefore, look for smooth, undamaged skin which isn't bruised or marked in any way, other than how it should naturally appear. Pears do not tend to keep well for very long so try to eat them as soon as they become ripe, otherwise they will soften and deteriorate very quickly. You can check whether or not the pear is ripe by pressing the stem so see how firm it is. It should be fairly firm but you should be able to detect a little softness too. Once the fruit has ripened, it can be stored in the refrigerator to retain its freshness for a couple of days.

Pears Nutrition: Cooking with Pears
The benefits of pears can be enjoyed in many different ways these days. Pear juice is available and tastes divine but at the same time offering excellent healthy benefits due to its natural vitamin and nutrient content. Canned pears are also readily available, however, check what they type of liquid they are canned in as syrup can be an unhealthy option, try to select pears that are canned in natural juice, sometimes you will find them with apple juice.

Pears and cheese make a wonderful combination, serve with cheese such as Parmesan, Roquefort, Stilton, Brie or Gorgonzola. This fruit makes an excellent addition to salads as it will add more nutritional value, texture and flavor. Brush the flesh with a little lemon juice to prevent discoloring. If you are cooking the pears, try to select ones that are not quite fully ripened and peel away the skin first. Ideal pear recipes include making tarts, trifles, compotes, chutney, casserole and fritters. Pears go particularly well with chicken as the contradictory tastes compliment one another very well. This versatile fruit can be poached, baked, grilled, sauteed, pureed, juiced and dried.

Poached Pears Nutrition: Instructions - Pears Recipe
Poaching pears is a quick, simple but delicious option which is excellent for deserts, especially when served with ice cream. Please follow these easy instructions on how to poach a pear:

  • Peel four pears.
  • Place pears in a pan.
  • Pour 100g of clear honey, 125ml apple juice and 1 cup of water into the pan, covering the pears.
  • Sprinkle 1 tsp of ground ginger over the pears mixture and bring to the boil.
  • Reduce the heat, cover and allow to simmer for 20 minutes.
  • Allow pears to cool before serving.
  • (Please note that pears can also be cored and halved before poaching. Pears can also be poached in red wine spiced with cinnamon which is an excellent pear recipe for Christmas.)

 

Drying Pears Instructions - Recipe with Pears
Dried pears are simple to make, they have great flavor and can be eaten alone or in a recipe such as casserole to add flavor. If your would like to dry pears, please follow these easy instructions:

  • Slice the pears in half lengthways.
  • Remove the cores by scooping them out so only the flesh is remaining.
  • In order to retain the natural coloring of the fruit, lightly brush the pear halves all over with lemon juice.
  • Place the pear halve in the oven on a low temperature, around 70 degrees C on a baking sheet.
  • It will take several  hours for the pears to dry out.
 

Health experts and nutritionists believe that a well-balanced diet that includes at least five portions of fruit and vegetables per day will help to considerably improve our lifestyles and ultimately extend our lives

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