How Pears Can Help Your Hangover

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Pity the poor pear: The Forrest Gump of the fruit basket.
A lost child in the produce section.
An after thought in the bowl if there's an apple or orange left.
Never permitted in Club Smoothie -- pears really get no respect.
I get no respect!
Rodney Dangerfield
But new research shows this underdog is actually kicking ass. Besides being loaded with vitamin C, pears provide a whopping 24% of your daily fiber (6 grams) -- compare that to apples (17%) and bananas (12%) and the switch over to pears should make things run a lot more smoothly for you.

My mom always told me fiber is good and all, but what about the hangover cure part?
There is no cure for a hangover but there is a natural remedy that can help. Believe it or not, pears can actually reduce your hangover symptoms by up to 21% according to research by Horticulture Innovation Australia. Eating one Korean (Asian) pear before (not after) you go out partying has shown to metabolize your booze quicker. Korean pears are also known as “apple pears,” because of their apple-like texture.
May reduce the symptoms of a hangover
The Korean Pear
So does the high amount of pear fiber absorb my Bud lights like a sponge or something?
Not exactly. The Korean pear acts on the two key enzymes alcohol dehydrogenase (ADH) and aldehyde dehydrogenase (ALDH) to speed up alcohol metabolism and help inhibit alcohol absorption. The toxic metabolite acetaldehyde, responsible for those miserable hangover symptoms, was actually reduced in blood levels after 7 oz of pear juice was consumed.
Looks like I'll be hitting up Costco later for some pears.
A big box of pears
Indeed you should, but let us not forget about the other health benefits of pears besides the hangover remedy part. Recent studies have shown pears lowering the risk of type 2 diabetes, heart disease, stroke risk, and even protecting against lung cancer.

Gramps could definitely use some pears in his diet then.
As should anyone. Pears should be included in everyone's diet. Also, don't peel them. When you peel off the skin you take out 25% of the vitamin C as well as a powerful fruit antioxidant called phenolic acid. In fact, all the chemical components found in the peel were approximately 6 to 20 times higher than those in the flesh of the pear alone. 

So suck it up, wash off the outside, and eat the whole pear with the skin and all before you begin your festivities this weekend.


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The natural hangover remedy

Can help reduce hangover symptoms
A smoothie made with fresh veggie juice and blended with a healthy dose of spinach and a ripe pear to help prevent those hangover symptoms the morning after.

Eating Style: Dairy-free, Egg-free, Gluten-free, Grain-free, Nut-free, Paleo, Refined Sugar-free, Soy-free, Sugar-free, Vegan, Vegetarian

(credit: Leanne Vogel)

  • 2 kale leaves
  • 2 celery sticks
  • 2 carrots
  • 1 small knob ginger
  • 1 pear, core remove and sliced
  • 2 cups of spinach
  • 1 tablespoon chia seeds
  • 6-8 ice cubes
1. Begin with your juicer on the 'low' setting for the kale. Then juice the carrots, celery, and ginger on 'high'. 
2. Pour the fresh juice into the blender. Add in the pear slices, spinach, chia seeds and ice.
3. Blend for about 30 seconds or until the desired consistency is reached.


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