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    The many virtues of pear

    The many virtues of pear

    Not only does it refresh, but it is also packed with vitamins and minerals that keep you healthy. Discover the many health benefits of this most hydrating fruit.


    The pear hydrates the body and prevents cardiovascular diseases. Eat it in nature or in sweet and savory dishes.

    Pear, a fruit rich in water and vitamin C

    • With 85% water, the pear is a refreshing fruit, which contributes to the good hydration of the body.
    • It is also a good source of vitamin C: an average pear contains about 10% of the recommended intakes in this vitamin, useful for immunity, the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.
    • Another advantage: an average pear brings about 10% of the recommended daily intake of folic acid. Folic acid, or vitamin B9, is particularly useful for pregnant women to reduce the risk of neural tube defects in the future baby.


    The pear facilitates digestion

    Pear brings more than 3 g of fiber to 100 g. It is insoluble fiber and soluble fiber. "These fibers, and especially pectin, calm and cleanse the digestive system," says dietitian Véronique Liégeois. They also fight constipation by promoting the elimination of waste."

    It protects against cardiovascular disease

    The pear contains many antioxidants such as carotene, vitamin E, and flavonoids. "Among these flavonoids, the pear provides quercetin, an antioxidant that helps reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease," says the dietician. Moreover, a study published in Stroke in 2011 shows that eating a pear every day can reduce the risk of a cardiovascular event by 45%, provided, of course, to have a balanced diet.

    It facilitates the elimination of uric acid

    Potassium is the most important mineral found in pear with 130 mg / 100 g. This fruit also provides tannins. "The combination of potassium and tannins promotes the elimination of uric acid in the urine, its overproduction being at the origin of the gout crisis," adds Véronique Liégeois. This potassium-tannin combination also helps to reduce rheumatism and arthritis.

    Precautions before eating a pear

    • You suffer from irritable bowel syndrome: the pear contains sorbitol which can cause gas and bloating if you ingest more than 10 g per day, the equivalent of two and a half pears. As for fructose, it can cause diarrhea above 50 g per day, or five pears.
    • You are allergic to pollen: tasted raw, the pear can cause tingling in the mouth, lips, throat. But since the allergenic protein is destroyed during cooking, the pear can be eaten safely.


    Which varieties of pears to choose?

    The advice of Philippe Marguery, director of GIE Chapeau de Paille
    • The Williams is fragrant and melting, but it does not keep. It is consumed quickly or turns into pears in syrup.
    • Buttered hardy is scented, less melting than the Williams. It can be kept 1 to 2 weeks.
    • The conference is firm and crisp. Keep it a few weeks before tasting it, it delivers the best of its organoleptic qualities.
    • The comix also refined a few weeks.

    How to preserve pears? In the cool, far from apples, quinces, avocados and bananas, which accelerate its maturation and make it become blette.

    Three foods with which to cook pear

    • Clove for its delicacy: this spice, with antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties, delicately accompanies poached pear or compote.
    • Honey to fight bacteria: It is rich in antioxidants, especially flavonoids, and has antibacterial properties. Honey sugar and caramelizes pear au gratin.
    • The curd for digestion: this salad, which promotes digestion, marries with pear for a sweet and savory entry, to which you can add diced raw ham.

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