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A pear a day to stay slim
A study conducted by the Lousiana State University reveals that those who eat a pear a day are slimmer than those who don’t do so. This, despite they have the same calorie intake and do the same amount of physical activity.
People who usually eat pears have a lower body weight and are 35% less likely to be obese than those who don’t eat them: this is what a study published in the Nutrition and Food Science journal shows. Research used nine years of data from the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey obtained from 24,808 participants aged 19 and up.
Researchers found that besides being slimmer, people who eat pears drink less alcohol and smoke less cigarettes than those who don’t consume pears. Moreover, the formers follow a high quality regime rich in fibres and vitamins and low in fats and added sugar. This was despite both groups of people had the same calorie intake and did the same amount of physical activity.
“The association between pears and lower body weight is very exciting”, Dr Carol O’Neil of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center said. “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.”
Since pears are very high in fibres, they boost digestion and make you feel full for longer periods, helping you to lose weight. Studies also shows that the fibres taken while eating a pear every day can help reduce the odds of developing heart conditions, type 2 diabetes and tumours.
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