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Study reveals weight-loss properties of pears

Wednesday 9th December 2015
Pear consumption may contribute to lower body weight, according to a new study. Image: iStock/egal
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People who regularly consume pears are more likely to weigh significantly less than those who do not eat this type of fruit, according to a new study.

Research carried out by doctors at the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center led to the discovery that the high fibre content of pears can help to keep people's weight low, meaning they were less likely to suffer from heart disease, type 2 diabetes and other obesity-related health problems as a result.

In particular, fresh rather than tinned or dried pears were found to have the greatest nutritional benefits for consumers, who were 35 per cent less likely to be obese if they regularly ate this fresh fruit.

For the study, doctors analysed the number of pears people ate against the overall quality of their diet, how much exercise they took part in and whether or not they were at risk of developing cardiovascular problems.

It was found that regular consumers of fresh pears were significantly less likely to be overweight than their counterparts who did not eat pears, with the research team believing this was the most influential factor in keeping their weight down when all other lifestyle factors were taken into account.

Lead author of the study Dr Carol O'Neil commented: "The association between pears and lower body weight is very exciting. We believe fibre intake may have driven the lower body weights that were seen in this study because there was no difference in energy intake or level of physical activity found between the fresh pear consumers and non-consumers."

Pears are a particularly nutritionally-valuable fruit due to their high fibre, potassium and vitamin C content, with just one medium-sized pear providing approximately one-quarter of an adult's daily fibre intake, despite containing just 100 calories. What's more, pears do not contain fat or cholesterol, making them an extremely nutritious fruit.

Written by Martin Lambert

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