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.
 
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Pears

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 by providing 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 fruit can help keep your strength up!

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 are 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:

Calories in Pears per 100 grams:
Canned pears in natural juice- 33 calories / 8.5 carbs
Canned pears in syrup - 50 calories / 13.2 carbs
Prickly pear calories- 48 calories per pear
 
 
Pears
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 the apple, the flesh of the pear surrounds the 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.

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.

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.
 
 
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