Yes, pears are Paleo!
Pear is a crispy, juicy, mild, sweet fruit with a soft and buttery texture. The skin may vary from yellow, green, brown red or sometimes a combination of these colors. Pears are somehow similar to apple in size and physical features. Pear has several seeds in the core and its flesh is light in color. Most pears are bell-shaped and some are rounded like apples.
Pears can be eaten with or without the skin. It is best to consume everything in pears expect of course with the seeds and stalk. Pears can be used in jellies or jams together with other selection of fruits.
Nutritional Facts on Pears
Pear is a healthy fruit that contains significant amounts of nutrients and is rich in antioxidants, anti-inflammatory flavanoids, phytonutrients and dietary fiber. They are fairly high in carbohydrates and do not contain fats. Pear is a good source of vitamins A, B2, boron, C, E, copper, folates and potassium.
Pear is one of the fruits that have very low calorie content. It is also a hypoallergenic fruit that contains higher amounts of pectin, a water soluble fiber, than apples.
The skin of the pear contains at least three to four times the phenolic compounds as its flesh.
Consuming fruits and vegetables has been associated to lower risks of many health diseases. This is true with pears. Aside from the vitamins and minerals that pear contains, there are other benefits that one can get from eating a pear:
- The high amounts of fiber in pears are highly beneficial for colon health. The pectin in pears have a mild laxative effect that can help regulate bowel movement and prevent constipation
- The amount of dietary fiber in pears have shown to lower blood pressure and cholesterol level
- Because pear is a low calorie fruit, it is beneficial to those who are maintaining or losing weight
- Flavanoids and antioxidants in pears can help reduce the risk of inflammation and other diseases such as diabetes, cancer, obesity and cardiovascular illnesses and can protect the body from harmful free radicals, thus promoting a healthy immune system
- Pear is one of the least allergenic of all fruits and so it is recommended by health practitioners as a safe alternative for allergic persons
- Pear has a significant amount of boron that can help the body to retain calcium and prevent osteoporosis
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What Experts Say About Pears.. Is It Paleo?
“While antioxidants aren’t exactly overflowing from your average Granny Smith, apples (and pears) are still a great way to satisfy a craving for sweetness without terrorizing your pancreas.” – Mark Sisson
All you ever wanted to know about Pears and Paleo
The Paleo Diet. Fruits and Sugars
Mark’s Daily Apple. Dear Mark: Best Fruit Choices
Mark’s Daily Apple. The Best Low-Carb Fruits (and the Worst)
Paleo Grubs, Paleo Diet Food List
Nom Nom Paleo. Poached Pears from Paleo Comfort Foods
Paleo Porn. Are Pears Paleo?
The World’s Healthiest Foods. What’s New and Beneficial About Pears
Nutrition and You. Pears Nutrition Facts
Health Benefits of Pear
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