Low in fat, no cholesterol, low in sodium and loaded with fiber – pears are the perfect low calorie snack for everyone, including diabetics!
Pears are packed with a nutritional punch! They contain calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and vitamins C, E and K.
A medium pear contains 26 grams of carbohydrates, out of which 6g is fiber. The fiber slows the absorption of carbohydrates in the bloodstream. This enables a more sustained and slower rise in blood sugar level over a longer period of time, thus reducing the chance of a spike in blood glucose.
The glycemic index of an average sized pear is 38 and is considered a low glycemic food.
Pears are a very good source of dietary fiber and can protects us from the development of type 2 diabetes
Naturally occurring phenolic compounds in pear provide antioxidant benefits that fight diabetes. Eating pears daily could help control blood glucose levels to the point that pre-diabetics do not need medication, according to researchers at the North Dakota State University.
Certain flavonoids in pears have been associated with a decreased risk of type 2 diabetes. An analysis of the Nurses' Health Study has shown that the combination of apples and pears has the most consistent ability to lower risk of type 2 diabetes.
Enjoying a pear as a sweet treat can help calm your sweet tooth without losing control over your disease.
Dr. Trupti Shirole