Pears, my favourite fruit are finally in season, maybe slightly early and smaller for some trees but utterly delicious. I’ve started having pears before breakfast, afternoon snack and an hour or two after dinner. I thought I would focus upon the nutritional benefits of pears with some healthy eating habits with eating fruit.
One theory I follow
The body digests the easiest thing first so why not eat fruit (or pears!) straight away rather than mixing it in with breakfast thus truly ‘mixing’ ‘fermenting’ or ‘slowing’ digestion.
I’ve found that eating fruit first thing on an empty stomach, about 15minutes after my glass of water, makes me feel the best, reduces down bloating and food taking a longer time to digest. I then give it a 10 minutes before followed by breakfast whether it be soaked granola with chia seeds, porridge or scrambled egg, this way of eating fruit first is more comfortable and easier on digestion.
Another time to eat fruit is to have it two hours away from meals as a snack. I have taken this from the Ayurvedic approach that eating fruit together with food or immediately after a meal causes the fruit to ferment which can result in indigestion, bloating, stomach aches etc. Eating fruit on an empty stomach allows the fruit to be digested and used straight away. I thought I would share this as perhaps this might be something you wish to try too.
Health benefitting properties of Pears
The health benefits of pears are:
- Excellent source of antioxidants and anti-inflammatory nutrients.
- Significant source of flavanols (immune boosting compounds), the recommended daily intake is around 14 milligrams per day, just one pear can provide half of this amount. Back to school, have a pear and give your kids one too!
- The whole fruit especially including the skin is high in water soluble fibre.
- Contains vitamins A, B1, B2, C, E, folate and niacin along with the minerals of copper, potassium and phosphorus. Plus other important micro elements such as iodine, beneficial for thyroid health.
- Recommended as a hypo-allergic fruit although high in fibre pears are less likely to produce an adverse reaction.
- Pectin is a type of soluble fibre that binds to fatty substances in the digestive tract and promotes their elimination. Beneficial to lower blood cholesterol levels.
- Soluble fibre helps to regulate the body’s use of sugars, slow releasing providing you with consistent energy release.
- Pears seem to taste sweeter than apples but they are actually lower in sugar. Now how great is that!
- Pears support a healthy stomach, intestinal upsets and gently cleanse the liver.
Nature really is here to help us. With the change of season and potential feeling under the weather, reach for a pear or two as nature eases us into this change with delicious health promoting produce, that can help support the immune system, provide us with essential vitamins and minerals.
Have you tried my recipe for rosemary pears?