PEARS For Weight Loss
There are over 50 varieties of common pears throughout the world with the colour of green, yellow or brown as the basic difference. The Williams, Bartlett, Packham, Josephine, Thompson and Bosc pears are well known.
Raw pears, in particular, provide a very good fibre content: one pear supplies 20% daily fibre. This abundance of fruit fibre is delicate on the digestive system compared to the common use of wheat bran. The fibre in pears can bind with toxins in the colon and reduce their effectiveness, thereby helping to protect against colon cancer. In addition, pears supply a fair amount of the trace mineral copper (0.12mg). Copper has proved to be deficient in people with colon cancer so its combination with the good fibre content in pears gives this fruit the tag of being a top preventative food for people prone to colon cancer. A low copper intake can increase free radical production within the colon. Pears are a very simple food to digest, especially a nice ripe pear. Steamed pears are ideal for babies, children and the elderly. Pears supply potassium (120mg), iron (0.25mg) and a good amount of silicon, also vital for protection from cancerous tissue development and body cleansing. The folate (7.5mg) also helps, in combination with fibre, to protect from gastrointestinal disorders, constipation and diarrhoea. If you have problems ‘down below’ reach for a pear and keep the bad bugs at bay. Pears are waiting to attack the enemy!
Pears combine well with apples and provide fabulous full fibre benefits!
NOTE: d.v. refers to the daily value for women 25-50 years, refer to RDI chart for adult male and child values.
GLYCEMIC CALORIES – total: 48 kcal. per 100 grams
INDEX: 66 Calories from: Carb: 45 Protein: 2 Fat: 1