What are the health benefits of eating pears?

RealAge
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Fresh pears are so low in calories and high in fiber, you could eat one before every meal and still lose weight. But even better, pears are loaded with catechins and flavonols -- two antioxidants that appeared to hinder the storage of belly fat in a 14-year study.
 
Marisa Moore
Nutrition & Dietetics
Pears are a great source of soluble fiber (pectin) which has been shown to help lower cholesterol. At 5.5 grams of fiber per pear, eating just one covers nearly 20% of your daily fiber needs. Because of the fiber content, pears are a great snack if you're trying to manage your weight.
Michael T. Murray, ND
Naturopathic Medicine

Pears are an excellent source of water-soluble fibers, including pectin. In fact, pears are actually higher in pectin than apples. This makes them quite useful in helping to lower cholesterol levels and in toning the intestines. Pears are often recommended by healthcare practitioners as a hypoallergenic fruit high in fiber that is less likely to produce an adverse response than other fruits. Particularly in the introduction of fruits to infants, pears are often recommended as a safe way to start.

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