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Are Pears Bad For You?



Short answer

Pears are a wonderful addition to any diet as they contain a good amount of dietary fiber.



Long answer

There's something so satisfying about biting into a sweet, juicy pear. And not only do your taste buds appreciate it, but your body does as well. Pears are a fantastic source of dietary fiber when eaten with the skin. One pear has about 23% of your daily recommended intake (the skin contains half of this!), and it is this nutrient which makes pears such a wonder food.

Fiber is important for a variety of reasons. For one, it keeps you feeling fuller for longer without weighing you down or making you pack on unwanted pounds. Because of this, pears can assist with healthy weight loss due to their fiber content and relatively low calorie count-- roughly 100 calories per medium-sized pear. It can lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels, and prevent constipation to help encourage regularity. Fiber also keeps blood sugar stable. Because pears' fiber isn't broken down or digested by the body, it does not affect blood sugar levels and can, therefore, play an important part in diabetes prevention and management.

However, you may be put off of pears if you suffer from irritable bowel syndrome. Too much fiber can worsen the symptoms of IBS, including bloating, diarrhea, and gas. It can also cause similar symptoms in people without IBS if they are over-consumed. If you are concerned about potentially having to make a quick dash to the restroom, you may want to avoid eating a large amount of this fruit. Otherwise, enjoy pears in moderation and you will experience nothing but positives!

Possible short-term side effects

  • worsen symptoms of irritable bowel syndrome
  • diarrhea

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  • lowered risk of diabetes, cancer, heart disease and hypertension
  • can assist with healthy weight loss
  • increased regularity
  • stabilizes blood sugar
  • lowers blood pressure and cholesterol levels

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Written by Lindsay | 02-18-2016

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