A pear a day may be all it takes to help nail your daily fibre target. Pears are a good source of fibre, with a medium pear containing 4.1g of fibre. Australian women fall short of the recommended daily fibre intake by 4g a day (RDI 25g/day) – a pear would be all it takes to bridge that gap.
The mix of fibre and naturally-occurring sugars in pears – sorbitol and fructose – helps to keep your digestive system healthy and prevent constipation. A happy gut helps you feel great, and allows the body to absorb nutrients from food and build your immunity.
Pears contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which can help to keep you feeling full for longer. Pears are also low GI. Eating foods with a low GI can be beneficial for those trying to control their weight. Winning!
Skin and All
Whether chomping, blending or cooking pears, keep the skin on to get all the goodness. The skin of pears contains polyphenols, which provide health benefits.
Pears are a source of vitamin C. Vitamin C supports muscle, cardiovascular and brain functionality.
To find out more about the health benefits of pears, check out the CSIRO review of scientific research on the health and nutritional properties of pears
James-Martin G, Williams G, Stonehouse W, O’Callaghan N, Noakes M. Health and Nutritional properties of peasr (pyrus): a literature review. October 2015 CSIRO review of scientific research on the health and nutritional properties of pears1>