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Pears May Reduce or Control BP, Diabetes, Says New Study

The middle-aged people usually have metabolic syndrome (MetS), a cluster of major cardiovascular risk factors associated with the development of BP and type 2 diabetes.

Pears and apples cannot always be distinguished by the form of the fruit; as some pears look like apples, especially the nashi pear. One major difference is that the flesh of pear fruit contains stone cells or "grit"..

For the study, researchers have chosen 50 men and women aged between 45 and 65 years with at least three symptoms of MetS and they were given either 2 medium-sized fresh pears (about 178 grammes) or 50 grammes pear-flavoured drink mix (placebo) per day for 12 weeks.

The preliminary results on 36 participants showed that systolic blood pressure and pulse pressure were significantly lower than baseline levels among those who consumed pears as against those who were on placebo, said the study group, which said further research is needed to confirm the antihypertensive effects of fresh pears as well as to assess their impact on vascular function.

Lead author Sarah A Johnson of Florida State University said:"With metabolic syndrome being of such high prevalence in the US, we feel it is important to explore the potential for functional foods such as pears to improve cardiovascular risk factors such as blood pressure in affected middle-aged adults."

Otherwise, pears is known for its benefits such as:
1. An excellent source of fibre, vitamin C if served 100 calories at a time.
2. One medium pear provides one-fourth fo the daily requirement for fibre needs.
3. Pears are also sodium-free, cholesterol-free, and above all, fat-free.
4. Pears contain 190 mg of potassium.

However, pears have 86% of calories and their source of sugar is still questioned by many food specialists.

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