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Eating More of This Fruit Can Speed Up Slimming—Even If You Are a Couch Potato

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If you're a sweets fan, the best way to curb your sweet tooth and stay on track with your diet, this is the best fruit for weight loss. Wondering what magical fruit this might be? You'll be pleasantly surprised to know that it's something you can grab at any grocery store no matter the season.

Eating fresh pears can help you slim down in a big way, according to a study published in Nutrition and Food Science.

The secret to weight loss: pears

Researchers from the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center in Baton Rouge looked at nutritional data spanning nine years and found that men and women who ate fresh pears weighed about 8 pounds less than their non-pear-eating counterparts, and were 35 percent less likely to be obese—even if the levels of exercise were the same between the two groups.

This isn't the first study to discover a link between pear consumption and lower body weight. About 10 years ago, Brazilian researchers found that women who ate three small pears a day for 12 weeks lost three pounds compared to those who didn't. Even better, their blood sugar levels were way down.

One explanation for the fruit's weight-loss benefit: It's high in fiber, and eating just one a day provides about 24 percent of your daily fiber. Solid foods that are high in fiber can help you feel full longer, so it's possible that any weight loss could be due to the fact that overall you're eating less calories.

Pears are also high in potassium and vitamin C; and their boron levels might indirectly be helping your bone health, too. Oh, and did we mention its antioxidants can lower your risk for cancer and diabetes? Talk about a magical fruit. And because they're available all day, every day, why not help yourself to one now? Just don't peel 'em—most of the nutrients are in the skin.

via EurekAlert!