Eat pears to stay slim
Another day, another study detailing the hidden health benefits of a food item. This time it's the turn of the pear, which apparently can help keep your waistline in check.
Researchers at the Louisiana State University made the discovery by looking at statistics collected between 2001 and 2010. They paid particular attention to the amount of nutrition people who regularly ate pears got from their food, as well as their overall diet and cardiovascular health. The results were pretty astounding: people who had a diet rich in pears were 35 per cent less likely to be obese.
"The association between pears and lower weight is very exciting," Dr Carol O’Neil, who led the team, explained in journal Nutrition and Food Science. "We believe fibre intake may have driven the lower body weights that were seen in this study."
Particularly interesting is that there wasn't a difference in the amount of physical activity undertaken by those who ate pears. Instead it's suggested those who munch on the fruit tend to have more nutritionally-rich diets overall, which could be the reason for the difference. For example, one pear boasts 24 per cent of the amount of fibre we should have daily and is only 100 calories, plus they are rich in vitamin C and potassium.
Pears are riding high at the moment, as earlier this year they were also touted as an excellent hangover cure.
A diet high in fruit and vegetables has long been known to help ward off diseases, with suggestions that the traditional 'five a day' advice about eating five portions each 24 hours is only a guideline - really, we should be aiming for 10 or more.
Want to get more pear into your diet? There are many ways you can, without resorting to munching on a raw one every lunch time. Why not kick off your day by baking a pear and then teaming with some granola and yoghurt? You can also stew the fruit with apples for a warming dessert or add into smoothies to give some sweetness.