A CSIRO review of scientific research highlights pears as a standout for digestive health and fibre1, both essential to feeling light, energetic and at our best, according to dietitian, Rebecca Gawthorne.
Ms Gawthorne says it is the unique combination of nutrients in pears that promotes regularity and a healthy digestive system.
“The mix of fibre and naturally-occurring sugars in pears - sorbitol and fructose – helps to keep your digestive system healthy and prevent constipation,” said Ms Gawthorne1.
“It’s such a powerful combination, that eating pears can provide a natural alternative to taking medication for the relief of constipation1.
“But it’s about much more than poo! A healthy digestive system and gut helps you feel great and boosts your energy levels – perfect for that extra little kick as you get back into exercise in spring. It also helps your body absorb nutrients from food and builds your immunity1.”
A pear’s high fibre content (4.1g of fibre in one medium pear1) also makes it one of the highest fibre fruits available and a good snack option if you are looking to lose weight1.
“Pears are an easy fibre fix, providing both soluble and insoluble fibre. As well as being great for digestive and gut health, the fibre hit helps to keep you feeling full for longer and that may be helpful if you are trying to stop or wind back winter weight gain,” Ms Gawthorne said1.
“I love adding pears to a smoothie for a post-workout snack, using them to top my morning oats or slicing them into my lunchtime salads. They are such a versatile fruit; it really is easy to make them a regular part of your diet. Pears are low GI, low allergenic, rich in protective plant compounds and contain potassium, magnesium and vitamin C1.
“Just remember to eat them skin and all to gain all the goodness, as a lot of the antioxidants and phytochemicals are contained near or in the skin,” she said.
Australian pears are grown around the country and are available from early autumn until late spring. There are eight varieties grown in Australia each with a unique flavour and cooking qualities.
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Source: Horticulture Innovation Australia
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1. James-Martin G, Williams G, Stonehouse W, O’Callaghan N, Noakes M. Health and Nutritional properties of pears (pyrus): a literature review. October 2015
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