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
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!
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
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
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.
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
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.