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Jewish Recipes --> Foods --> Pears

Pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber and a good source of Vitamin C. According to the FDA's final rule dated July 25, 2006 "Food Labeling; Guidelines for Voluntary Nutrition Labeling of Raw Fruits, Vegetables, and Fish," the nutritional content of a medium-sized fresh pear weighing 166g/5.9oz is as follows:

Calories 100
Calories from Fat: 0
Total Fat: 0g/0%
Saturated Fat: 0g/0%
Trans Fat: 0g/0%
Cholesterol: 0 mg/0%
Sodium: 0 mg/0%
Potassium: 190 mg/5%
Total Carbohydrate: 26 mg/9%
Dietary Fiber: 6g/24%
Sugars: 16g
Protein: 1g
Vitamin A: 0%
Vitamin C: 10%
Calcium: 2%
Iron: 0%

Pears are less allergenic than many other fruits, and pear juice is therefore sometimes used as the first juice introduced to infants.[11] However, caution is recommended for all fruit juice consumption by infants as studies have suggested a link between excessive fruit juice consumption and reduced nutrient intake as well as a tendency towards obesity.[12] Pears are low in salicylates and benzoates and are therefore recommended in exclusion diets for allergy sufferers.[13] Along with lamb and rice, pears may form part of the strictest exclusion diet for allergy sufferers[14] although allergies to these foods are possible.[15][16][17]

Pears can be useful in treating inflammation of mucous membranes, colitis, chronic gallbladder disorders, arthritis, and gout. Pears can also be beneficial in lowering high blood pressure, controlling blood cholesterol levels, and increasing urine acidity.

In ancient Greece, pears were used to treat nausea.

Most of the fiber is insoluble, making pears a good laxative. The gritty fiber content may cut down on the number of cancerous colon polyps. Most of the vitamin C, as well as the dietary fiber, is contained within the skin of the fruit.

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