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Research: Fresh Pear Consumption Associated With Better Health


Pear Bureau Northwest, the Portland, Ore.-based nonprofit marketing association that promotes fresh pears grown in Oregon and Washington, recently commissioned nutrition research examining fresh pear consumption and the associated nutrition and health benefits.

PearBureauNW logoThe research, which was led by Dr. Victor Fulgoni III was presented at Experimental Biology in San Diego earlier this month and revealed that, when compared with non-consumers, fresh pear consumers had a better nutrition profile and overall better quality of diet; for example, more dietary fiber, vitamin C, copper, magnesium and potassium. Fresh pear consumers also had lower added sugar intake as well as lower intake of total fat, monounsaturated fat and saturated fat. Additionally, the likelihood of being obese was 35 percent lower among fresh pear consumers than among their non-consumer counterparts.

The association between fresh pear consumption with nutrient intake, dietary quality and risk of obesity was examined in adults 19-plus years participating in the 2001-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES). Energy and nutrient intakes were calculated using the USDA’s Food and Nutrient Database for Dietary Studies.
“We are pleased to see healthy pears as part of the greater scientific conversation and look forward to growing our nutrition research and communications program,” said Kevin Moffitt, president and CEO of Pear Bureau Northwest.


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