Along with being a pretty addition to your holiday table setting, researchers at Louisiana State University have found another reason to love pears: people who eat the fruit on a regular basis are 35% less likely to be obese.
According to a study published in the journal Nutrition and Food Science, just one medium pear a day was associated with a slimmer waistline as well as better diet quality, say study authors—who point out that pear eaters typically consume more fiber, vitamins and nutrients while consuming fewer unhealthy fats and added sugars.
“The association between pears and lower body weight is very exciting,” said lead author Dr. Carol O’Neil in a recent news release. “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.”
Previous studies have linked a high-fiber diet with a healthy weight as well as a reduced risk of diabetes and heart disease.