Pear fruit has been around for centuries and enjoyed over 15 countries as a major delicacy. Did you know that this bell-shaped fruit offers loads of benefits? Well, a pear a day aids in good digestion, contains anti-cancer properties and boosts heart health. Let’s delve into the article to know more about ‘Is Pear Good for Diabetes?’.Contents:
100 grams of pear contain the following:
Total Fat: 0.1 g
Saturated Fat: 0 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0 mg
Sodium: 1 mg
Potassium: 116 mg
Total Carbohydrates: 15 g
Dietary Fiber: 3.1 g
Sugars: 9.8 g
Protein: 0.4 g
Vitamin A: 0.5%
Vitamin C: 7.2%
Pears have 84% water, a high fibrous centre, organic proteins, carbohydrates, phytonutrients, and antioxidants. It contains essential B-vitamins like thiamine, niacin, folate, choline, provitamin A, vitamins C, E, and K and minerals like calcium, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
Recent studies have shown that specific flavonoids in pears benefit insulin sensitivity. Anthocyanin is one such antioxidant and antimicrobial flavonoid that lowers the risk of metabolic diseases like diabetes. Anthocyanin-rich fruits prevent insulin resistance and exhibit anti-diabetic and anti-inflammatory effects, aiding diabetes management.
Type 2 diabetes and hyperglycemia (high blood sugar) makes your body less sensitive to insulin, causing insulin resistance and long-term inflammation of blood vessels. Both increase simultaneously unless treated with medication. Vitamins C and K, copper, and flavonoids in pears help fight inflammation, lowering diabetes-related complications and chances of developing diabetes.
Diabetics need food with a low glycemic index (GI), like pears. A medium-sized pear with high fibre content (7g) and a low GI of 20-49 is suitable for diabetics, making them feel fuller for longer and regulating glucose levels.
Exposure to X-rays, cigarette smoking, etc., introduce free radicals into your body, which cause inflammation, oxidative stress, and thus, chronic conditions like diabetes. Antioxidants in pears neutralise free radicals, preventing further damage.
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