A leading nutritionist has teamed up with British Apples and Pears to explain why expectant mothers should eat pears during pregnancy.
Nutritionist Lilly Soutter explained, “Pears are a tasty way for pregnant women to consume vital nutrients such as potassium, folate, vitamin C and vitamin K. Pears also provide an array of antioxidants which lie within its skin. Pears are also an excellent source of dietary fibre, with just one pear providing 20 per cent of our daily fibre requirement. Fibre is crucial for digestive health, which is often sluggish during pregnancy.”
She continued that pears are a great food stuff during the weaning period: “Many anecdotal reports suggest that pears are generally well digested and tolerated. It’s important to peel the pear for a young baby, and if it’s ripe enough, you can also steam it for a few minutes to soften the fruit.”
Ali Capper, executive chair of British Apples and Pears, commented, “Britain has the perfect climate to grow delicious pears, which are readily available in supermarkets across the UK, all year round. There has never been a more important time to incorporate healthy foods into our diets, and this is especially important for pregnant women who need to closely monitor the foods they consume for their own health and for their baby’s.”