Eat an apple a day? What about eat a pear a day? A North Dakota State University study examined the benefits of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears and found that “pears as part of a healthy diet could play a role in helping to manage type 2 diabetes and diabetes-induced hypertension.”
Bartlett pears come in green,
yellow and red colors.
Bartlett pears are the most
commonly grown pears in most
countries outside of Asia.
Starkrimson pears have that
wonderful crimson red color as
their name suggests, they are
summer pears and mature
August through January.
1 medium pear has about 100
calories, no fat, 1 gram protein,
26 grams of carbs and a
whopping 6 grams of fiber. This
will better allow you to reach
your 25- 38 grams of fiber daily
goal. ( 1)
Pears are one of the few fruits
that don’ t ripen on the tree, but
begins ripening after harvesting.
Check the neck of the pear,
apply gentle pressure on the
neck of the pear ( stem end) , if it
is soft, the pear is ripe and is
ready to enjoy!
Pears- specifically 2 types,
Bartlett and Starkrimson pears
have been shown to help
Type 2 Diabetes,
Diabetes induced hypertension
and intestinal ulcers. Naturally
occurring phenolic compounds-
specifically in the skin may be
the key. Consuming the whole
fruit with peel, may provide
better control in early stages of
Diabetes. These pears may also
inhibit gut bacteria H. pylori
that have been associated with
stomach ulcers. ( 2)
PICK UP SOME
Go ahead and pick up some
pears the next time you go to
the store. You can have fruit and
still control your glucose levels.
Aim for at least three fruit
servings a day. Remember a four
ounce pear is about 60 calories
and 15 grams of carbohydrates.
Space your fruit out during the
day and “ pair” it with a protein
or fat such as low fat cheese or
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