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Can Pears Help You Lose Weight?

By Brian Willett ; Updated July 18, 2017

There are no absolutes in weight loss — a diet plan that may work for someone else will not necessarily be effective for you. Although carbohydrates are sometimes regarded as detrimental for dieting, certain carbohydrate-rich foods, such as pears, can help you lose weight. However, no food alone can produce weight loss if your diet and exercise program are poorly designed. Consult a doctor prior to starting a weight-loss program.

Calorie Content

Pears can help promote weight loss because they are low in calories. A pear weighing 148 g contains just 96 calories, which is less than 5 percent of the daily suggested calorie intake of 2,000. One pear is much lower in calories than many other types of snacks, such as a candy bar, which provides about 257 calories, depending on the brand. If you ate a pear instead of a candy bar every day, you'd save 1,127 calories in a week, the equivalent of more than six glazed donuts.

Fiber Content

Another beneficial component of pears that aids in weight loss is the fiber content. Fiber is a nutrient that helps add volume to the foods you eat, which increases feelings of satiety. Because fiber keeps you full, it can help you control your appetite and lose weight. One pear provides 5 g of fiber, which is 20 percent of the daily suggested intake.

Low Glycemic Index Rating

Another weight loss benefit of pears is that they have a low glycemic index rating. The glycemic index grades foods on how much a food affects your blood sugar levels. Rapid changes in blood sugar levels can cause you to feel tired and hungry, so low glycemic index foods are beneficial for weight loss. Pears have a low glycemic index rating, at 41, which is much lower than dates at 103.

Vitamin Content

Vitamins and minerals can benefit overall health, and certain vitamins may promote weight loss. One pear provides 12 percent of the daily suggested intake of vitamin C, which research suggests can help you maintain a low body fat percentage. A study from the March 2008 issue of the "International Journal for Vitamin and Nutrition Research" indicates that consuming vitamin C may help reduce body weight and fat deposition.

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