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New research investigates potential probiotic benefits of pear-enriched diet

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

A new in vitro (test tube) study, "Dietary functional benefits of Bartlett and Starkrimson pears for of hyperglycemia, and ulcer pylori while supporting beneficial bacterial response," was published in the March issue of

In a laboratory in vitro setting, Kalidas Shetty, PhD, currently a at North Dakota State University, and the research's lead author, Dr. Dipayan Sarkar, studied the compounds found in two pear varieties, Bartlett and Starkrimson, in order to better understand the impact of those compounds on chronic

The suggest fermentation of these pear cultivars further enhances their ability to control stomach related involving H. pylori, the most in humans, without affecting beneficial with potential.

"is often perceived as something that causes diseases; however, the body is full of that are mostly good. It's exciting to explore the potential that pears can have to balance beneficial bacterial activity in the digestive process, as gut helps support overall of the body," said Dr.

In addition to studying the potential of pears, the researchers looked at pears as part of a dietary strategy to provide efficient and effective management options to combat diet-linked non-communicable like type and its complications.

The study found that Bartlett and Starkrimson pear varieties have compounds such as phenolics and antioxidants as well as activity that slows down enzymes related to starch and glucose metabolism, which relates to managing early stages of and

Pears are among the most popular fruits in the world, and are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of vitamin C for only 100 calories per serving.

One medium pear provides about 24 percent of daily fiber needs. And, they are sodium-free, cholesterol-free, fat-free, and contain 190 mg of potassium. An overall balanced diet rich in fruits and vegetables, including pears, provides micronutrients, vitamins, dietary fiber, potassium, antioxidants, and more.

Dr. Shetty's new research builds on a previous in vitro study that explored the pulp extracts of different pear varieties and how they impact absorption of glucose during digestion. It is not known if the of either of these in vitro studies can be replicated in humans, but these findings provide the scientific rationale to perform human studies in the future.

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First Published: Wed, January 10 2018. 19:30 IST