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Eating Pears Lowers Your Obesity Risk, New Study Says

First Posted: Dec 09, 2015 12:12 AM EST

Eating pears could help lower your obesity risk, according to a recent study.

Researchers at Louisiana State University Agricultural Center found that those who regularly consumed pears as part of their diet had smaller waistlines. Furthermore, they were 35 percent less likely to be obese than those who did not include pears in their diet.

"The association between pears and lower body weight is very exciting," said lead study author Dr. Carol O'Neil of the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center, in a 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."

During the study, researchers used a nationally representative analytic sample to examine the association of fresh pear consumption with nutrient intake, diet quality, nutrient adequacy and cardiovascular risk factors in adults.

The study findings further revealed that those who regularly ate pears as part of their diet had healthier eating habits, as defined by the Healthy Eating Index. Eating pears as part of a regular diet was also linked to higher intakes of vitamin C, dietary fiber, magnesium and potassium.

The study is published in the journal Nutrition and Food Science.

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