PEARS! I love PEARS. I love them. I like them slightly overripe when they’re flesh is soft and they’re extra sweet and you can eat them right down to the core wisps. Pears are only slightly lower on my “favourite food” scale than peaches. I can eat them whenever, wherever. I just love them.
So imagine my excitement when I came across the health benefits of pears. I have five health benefits for you today and some extra fabulous five recipes to add more pears into your life.
Fight Free Radicals.
- Free radicals are harmful to the human body, But what are they? Free radicals are molecules that are unstable. When molecules are unstable, they attach to other molecules to stabilize themselves. When they steal what they need from other molecules, that makes those formerly stable molecules change and cause damage. This can cause skin to lose elasticity or take energy from brain cell molecules. (Note: Your body makes free radicals sometimes to fight viruses.) Pears are high in antioxidants, Vitamins C and K, these fight free radicals, helping to slow ageing in the cells.
Protect Our Hearts
- Pears are an excellent source of fiber and fiber is good for our hearts! Why? Because fiber lowers bad cholesterol by binding up bile salts and carrying them out of your body. Pears can also reduce your chance of stroke by 50%.
- Besides binding up bad cholesterol and bouncing it out of your body, the fiber that carries it out also clears the colon of cancer causing chemicals. That means they clear out your chances of getting colon cancer. Eating high fiber fruits can reduce breast cancer in post-menopausal women.
- Yeah. Pears are hypoallergenic. Or they think they are. They’ve never found anyone allergic to them. They also have scientific proof that pears produce far less allergens than other fruit, which is why they are one of the first fruits introduced to infants.
- High fiber and low on the glycaemic index they hep keep blood sugar in check. They release sugar slowly, preventing the sugar spikes.
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North American pears are ready in mid-August to October. You can get different varieties year round though. Pears are ready with the skinny part has a little give. (My pears are ready when I squeeze the body and it dents under my fingers. Have I mentioned how much I love overripe pears?)
Pear Recipes (Try them all!!):
Sautéed Pears with Vanilla Whipped Cream – Individual servings, soft and topped with whipped cream. Yum.
Roasted Pears with Lemon Verbena Syrup – Oh, yum. Served over waffles, or granola, or ice cream. Drop the sugar and replace it with maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Pear and Cranberry Crumble – Who doesn’t love crumble? Replace the sugar with maple syrup or coconut sugar.
Cardamom & Pear Sauce – This can work as an “apple sauce” type dish served alone, or can be served warm over ice cream.
Roasted Butternut Squash Soup with Apple & Pear Compote – A savoury pear dish! Who doesn’t love savoury pear dishes?
Arugala, Pear, Pecan and Blue Cheese Salad – Pear and blue cheese is one of my favourite combinations.
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