Want to Lose Weight Naturally? Eat Pears Everyday!

pearLosing weight isn’t always easy and the worst part is that you may not lose those stubborn extra pounds even after eating less and exercising more. For those who have tried conventional methods for years and still can’t lose excess body weight, there is a viable solution – Eat pears!

At least, this is what a new study has suggested.

This juicy and crunchy fruit is packed with numerous health benefiting nutrients such as dietary fiber, antioxidants, minerals and vitamins. Pears may offer protection against colon cancer, can significantly reduce blood LDL cholesterol levels and provides multiple other benefits to health.

Now a new study from Louisiana State University has found fresh health benefits of pear consumption.

According to the latest study findings, people who eat pears are less likely to be obese, and the reason behind this may be that eating just one pear a day can fills us with high levels of vitamin C and fiber while limiting the calories intake at just under 100 calories.

For the study, a team of researchers led by Dr Carol O’Neil of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, used nine years of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey that involved 24,808 participants aged 19 and above.

The team studies the collected survey data to find a link between consumption of fresh pear or its juice and nutrient intake, nutrient adequacy, quality of diet, and cardiovascular risk factors in adults.

After analyzing the data, the team found that pear eaters had a lower body weight and were 35 percent less likely to be obese than their counterparts who abstained from peers.

“The association between pears and lower body weight is very exciting,” said Dr. O’Neil. “We believe fiber 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.”

Besides discovering a correlation between fresh pear consumption and lower body weight, the research team also found that pear eaters took higher quality diet than non pear-consumers. Furthermore, daily intake of one medium fresh pear had a positive effect on consumers’ nutrient intake since they had consumed higher amounts of dietary fiber, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, and potassium, and lower amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, and added sugars. Since the fibre and nutrient-dense pear helps to stave off food cravings, it in turn helps with weight loss.

“Consumption of fresh pears should be encouraged as part of an overall healthy diet, since pears are nutrient-dense and can help individuals meet the fruit recommendation,” researchers wrote in their study conclusion.

The study was published in Nutrition and Food Science.