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New weight-loss super fruit: Add sweet pears to your platter

According to a new study, adult pear consumers had a lower body weight than non-pear consumers and they were 35% less likely to be obese.

health and fitness Updated: Dec 09, 2015 12:52 IST
Pears control stomach related diseases involving H. pylori, the most common chronic bacterial infection in humans.(Shutterstock)

If you’ve been filling your plate with fruits, here’s one more you should never forget to add if you want to lose weight this season. Sweet pears, according to a new study, helps in weight-loss.

In a new study, Fresh Pear Consumption is Associated with Better Nutrient Intake, Diet Quality, and Weight Parameters in Adults: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2010,conducted by the Louisiana State University, researchers found out that adult pear consumers had a lower body weight than non-pear consumers and they were 35% less likely to be obese.

The epidemiologic study, led by Carol O’Neil, used a nationally representative analytic sample to examine the association of fresh pear consumption with nutrient intake, nutrient adequacy, diet quality, and cardiovascular risk factors in adults.

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O’Neil said that the association between pears and lower body weight is very exciting and they 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.

In addition to discovering a correlation between fresh pear consumers and lower body weight, the study found that pear consumption was associated with higher diet quality. Moreover, the consumption of one medium fresh pear per day had a positive effect on nutrient intake since consumers had higher usual intakes of dietary fibre, vitamin C, magnesium, copper, and potassium, and higher mean intakes of total sugars; consumers of fresh pears also had lower intakes of total, monounsaturated fatty acids, saturated fatty acids, and added sugars. The study is published in the journal Nutrition and Food Science.

First Published: Dec 09, 2015 12:51 IST