Pears are a delicious and healthy fruit that are available in many varieties. They contain a range of vitamins and minerals including niacin, vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin K, potassium, calcium, copper, iron, magnesium and zinc.
Some health benefits of eating pears include:
- Pears are a good source of dietary fibre, containing approximately 8% of fibre per 100g.
- They are a good source of nutrients such as beta-carotene and lutein which can help protect against harmful free radicals.
- Pears help to boost the immune system due to the fact that they contain antioxidants such as vitamin C and copper which help to fight off disease.
- The fibre content in pears helps to promote good colon health and reduce the chances of cancer.
- They are one of the least likely foods to cause an allergic reaction.
- The potassium in pears helps to keep your heart healthy and muscles working well.
- Boiling the juice of Chinese pears with honey creates a warm tea that is very healing for the throat and vocal cords.
Gluten Free Vegan Pear and Polenta Cake Recipe
- 3/4 cup water
- 3 tbsp liquid from canned beans or chickpeas (aquafaba)
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 2 soft pears (tinned can be used), peeled, quartered and cored
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1 cup gluten free flour blend such as Doves Farm
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup fine polenta
- Sprinkle cinnamon
- Sprinkle sugar
- Preheat oven to 180°C/350°F/Gas Mark 4 and grease or line a 7 inch cake tin.
- Whisk the aquafaba as you would eggs.
- Lay the pear quarters in the bottom of the cake pan. Sprinkle some cinnamon and sugar over the pears.
- Mix together the aquafaba, vanilla extract and sugar until well combined. Whisk in the oil.
- Sift the flour, polenta and baking powder into the wet mixture and stir to mix well.
- Beat in water to create a smooth batter.
- Bake for 30 minutes or until a skewer comes out clean. Cool on a wire rack before turning over and serving.
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