Pair up with pears!

Healthy Food Guide (Australia) - - SHOPPING -

Once nick­named ‘but­ter fruit’ for its soft tex­ture, the hum­ble pear is the per­fect snack. With a gly­caemic-in­dex (GI) score of 42, this fruit helps keep your blood-sugar lev­els sta­ble and your en­ergy on an even keel.

A medium pear pro­vides just 370kJ (89cal) and a gen­er­ous 6g of di­etary fi­bre, which low­ers choles­terol lev­els and keeps your di­ges­tive sys­tem in good shape.

Pick pears with smooth skin that’s free of mould and bruises. Yes, pears bruise eas­ily, so don’t squeeze the whole fruit to check whether it’s ripe. In­stead, lightly press the flesh around the stem. This area will give a lit­tle when the fruit is ready to eat — del­ish!

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