It’s pear season, which in my opinion is one of the bright spots of the chilly season. Right now my local market is overflowing with pears of all shapes, colors, and sizes, and I’m happy to report they’re all amazingly good for you. This member of the rose family is a great source of dietary fiber, which is one of the reasons eating pears can prevent you from becoming pear-shaped (a higher fiber intake is tied to less belly fat)! In fact, roughly 20% of the carbs in a pear come from dietary fiber – about 5-6 grams for each medium sized piece, a fifth of the recommended minimum intake. That fiber also makes pears filling. Think of your digestive system as a long tunnel that goes through your body. Nothing really gets into your body until it’s absorbed from your GI tract into your bloodstream. Because your body can’t digest fiber, it never gets absorbed into your blood, where it either has to be burned off, or stored as fat. Instead, fiber just keeps on traveling, through that long and winding tunnel, where it does a number of healthful things. Fiber: Slows the digestion and absorption of natural sugars and complex carbs,…
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