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The acidic flavor and astringent of the quince makes it inedible to the native, being the form of more common consumption in the shape of quince paste, a product that has added sugar, therefore this way it is not advisable for those who endure diabetes, hipertrigliceridemia and excess weight, unless the sugar is replaced with sweeteners without calories. The quince paste combined with cottage cheese, fresh cheese or nuts constitutes a very healthy alternative for the lunches and the snacks of the smallest. If it takes accompanied by cookies, an energy aperitif turns out to be toasts or dry fruits for those who need an extra calories contribution, like the sportsmen, persons with secondary lack of appetite to diverse illnesses or who want to increase of weight.

The quince has been used traditionally in dietoterapia by his astringent and tonic properties on the intestinal mucous membranes. The numerous pips of the fruit contain abundant mucilage, a type of soluble fibre, which also is in the cartilages of the carpels and which is used in the pharmaceutical industry and in the cosmetics.

The pulp of the quince stands out for his content in pectin, soluble fibre that exercises diverse organic functions, what it does to the very interesting quinces in different situations or illnesses. To the pectin charitable effects assume to him in case of diarrhea since it reduces the intestinal transit on having retained water. The wealth joins this action in tannins of the quince, substances with astringent and anti-inflammatory properties. The tannins dry and desinflaman the intestinal mucous membrane (layer that upholsters the interior of the digestive conduit), therefore the consumption of well mature quince or in the shape of sweet it turns out to be effective in the treatment of the diarrhea. On the other hand, the pectin increases the pH (it diminishes the acidity) after there comes the acidic good mixed and neutralized with the food and the proper fibre, by what the quince consumption is indicated in case of gastric disorders (delicate stomach, gastritis, ulcer gastroduodenal...) . To the wealth in pectin, the abundant malic acid joins in his pulp, which they exercise on the mucous regulatory actions and tonificantes. Also, the soluble fibre forms viscous gels that fix the fat and the cholesterol, with what it diminishes the absorption of the above mentioned substances, and this is positive in case of hipercolesterolemia.

For his high content in potassium and low in sodium, the quince paste turns out to be advisable for those persons who suffer arterial hypertension or complaints of blood glasses and heart, not associated with excess weight. Nevertheless, his consumption will have to be born in mind by the persons who suffer from renal insufficiency and who need of special diets controlled in this mineral. Nevertheless, to whom they take diuretics that eliminate potassium and to the persons with bulimia; due to the episodes of autoinduced vomiting that provoke big losses of this mineral, the quince consumption is convenient for them.


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