Diets high in natural fiber, such as that found in pears, have been shown to decrease the prevalence of diverticulitis outbreaks by absorbing water in the colon and facilitating bowel movement. Thus, pears help reduce the appearance of fistulas, abdominal discomfort or constipation… as their fiber decreases the pressure and inflammation in the colon.
Fruits and vegetables, naturally high in fiber, help keep the feeling of fullness for longer and are also low in calories. Several studies have already shown that the increase in fiber intake successfully increases weight loss in obese people.
Increasing the consumption of pears helps lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. An investigation of 67 separate controlled trials revealed that even a modest amount of 10 grams per day extra fiber, reduced LDL cholesterol and total cholesterol levels. In addition, recent studies have shown that fiber can even play a key role in the regulation of the immune system and inflammation and, consequently, decrease the risk of pathologies related to inflammation such as cardiovascular diseases, cancer or obesity.
The fiber content of pears prevents constipation and promotes the regularity of a healthy digestive system.
6Detoxify the organism
Regular bowel movements are crucial to excrete daily toxins through bile and feces. For this purpose, thanks to the fact that pears contain approximately 84% water, they help us to maintain soft stools and to clean the digestive system of toxins.
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database, a medium pear (approximately 178 grams) contains 101 calories, 0 grams of fat, 27 grams of carbohydrates (including 17 grams of sugar and 6 grams of fiber) and 1 gram of protein. Thus, eating a pear a day gives us 12% of the daily needs of vitamin C, 10% of vitamin K, 6% of potassium and small amounts of calcium, iron, magnesium, riboflavin, vitamin B-6 and folic acid. Do not forget that they also contain carotenoids, flavonoids and anthocyanins (in pears with red skin).
In fruits such as apples and pears the fructose content is higher compared to glucose, so it is considered a high food in FODMAP ( Fermentable Oligosaccharides, Disaccharides, Monosaccharides, and Polyols) that can increase gas, bloating, pain and diarrhea in those who suffer from Irritable Bowel Syndrome.