Being a good source of fibre, pears are a delicious way to help meet your daily fibre target. In fact, Australian women fall short of their daily fibre target by the amount found in a medium pear – time to get munching!
Pears contain both soluble and insoluble fibre, which helps keep you feeling fuller for longer. They are also low GI, which can be beneficial for people looking to manage their weight.
The mix of gut-loving fibre and naturally-occurring sugars in pears – sorbitol and fructose – helps to keep you regular and your digestion system in tip top shape.
SKIN AND ALL
Don’t peel! A lot of the goodness found in pears is near the skin, including antioxidants and phytochemicals.
Pears contain vitamin C, which helps to keep your immune system fighting fit.
Pears, as part of a diet high in fruits and vegetables, can help to reduce your risk of heart disease.
FIND OUT MORE
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.
References: 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 pears.