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One Important Effect of Eating Pears that Probably You Didn`t Know, According to Dietitian

Pears are a bit of an underdog when it comes to fall food, especially when most of the attention goes toward foods like pumpkin, squash, and apples. But what many people don't know is that pears come with a ton of health benefits.

According to Amy Goodson, MS, RD, CSSD, LD author of The Sports Nutrition Playbook, one major effect of eating pears is that they are an excellent source of fiber.

Why we need fiber

Fiber is a key nutrient that your body needs for regular digestion, a healthy gut, and even preventing chronic disease. And the fascinating part is that your body actually can't digest fiber in the same way it can with other nutrients.

Instead, fiber passes through by either absorbing liquid or being absorbed by liquid-depending on which type of fiber it is!

Soluble fiber

There are two kinds of fiber: soluble and insoluble, and most fibrous foods (pears included) contain both. Soluble fiber dissolves in water and becomes gelatinous in your body. And according to Goodson, it helps you maintain a healthy gut and heart.

"Soluble fiber can help your gut by acting as a prebiotic and feeding the "good" bacteria in your body," says Goodson, "and it can additionally keep your heart healthy by helping decrease your cholesterol."

Insoluble fiber

According to the Harvard School of Public Health, insoluble fiber can't be dissolved in water and instead helps soften our stool for easier digestion and bowel movements. Because of its effects on our regularity, insoluble fiber has been known to limit constipation and even help decrease our risk of persistent diseases like type 2 diabetes.

Other benefits of eating pears

Aside from their fiber content, pears also contain high levels of the antioxidant known as flavonoids. According to a report published in the Journal of Food Composition and Analysis, flavonoids have been known to lower inflammation in the body and lower chance of continual disease.

If you're now convinced to incorporate more pears into your diet but want some innovative ways to do it, we've received you covered. You can try consuming pears in a scrumptious goat cheese salad, using them as an ingredient in your next smoothie, or even enjoying them in a fall dessert!

Originally published: Eat This Not That

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