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Do you ever feel that pears are just the type of fruits that you see in the grocery stores all the time but never bought? Do you see other fruits being featured all the time but have never seen pears being in the spotlight? Well, this post is going to change these impressions. Being in the same plant family as apples, pears have a less crisp texture and a milder taste but they are full of nutrients! Pears are low in calories and packed with high amounts of fibre, vitamins and antioxidants.
The fibre in pear is mainly insoluble, which helps promote digestive tract health. After being ingested, the insoluble fibre in pears absorbs water and expands in size, which helps slow down the movement of food through our digestive tract to make you feel fuller longer. Fibre is also considered as a prebiotic, which helps maintain an optimum environment for your gut flora.
Pears contain high amounts of vitamin C and vitamin K. One medium-sized pear provides 12.5% of your daily vitamin C Dietary Reference Intake (DRI) and 10% of your vitamin K DRI. Vitamin C is involved in numerous cellular processes such as collagen synthesis, antioxidation, and the maintenance of cartilage, bones and teeth. Vitamin K is important for blood clotting regulating blood calcium levels.
Pears also contain powerful antioxidant flavonoids, such as β-carotene, lutein, and zeaxanthin. With their potent effect on combating free radicals, they are associated with various health benefits such as improving vision, strengthening the immune system, and reducing the risk of cardiovascular diseases and type 2 diabetes.
Because of their high nutritional content, pears do not just help support your body when you are healthy, but they also work wonders as a cough stopper when you have a sore throat. With honey added, steam or poached pear helps to keep your respiratory tract hydrated, soothe throat irritations, alleviate dry coughs, and clear yellow phlegm. Below are two cough remedies using pears and you can try them easily at home!
- Natural Cough Remedy: Honey & Cinnamon Poached Pears:
- Home Remedy for Cough and Sore Throat
Hope this post has helped you to be more interested in incorporating pears as one of your regular fruit!