Don’t shave the conversation for later: Leading nutritionist promotes pears for men’s health this movember

With the British pear season in full swing, more emphasis is being placed on the health benefits of our delicious, home-grown fruit. Yet, many of us are unaware of the profound benefits of pears for men’s health.

The British pear season coincides with the annual Movember campaign, which raises awareness around important men’s health issues. The Movember movement has grown significantly over the years, with more than six million people[1] supporting the campaign around the world.

This year, leading nutritionist Rob Hobson has partnered with British Apples and Pears to champion the benefits of pears for men’s health.

Research has revealed that pears provide a significant amount of fibre and other essential nutrients to support men’s overall health. Increasing our fibre intake is hugely beneficial for our health. It has been shown to reduce the risk of heart disease, colorectal cancer and high cholesterol. Despite this, only 12% of men meet the recommended 30g fibre intake per day.

Men under the age of 50 are recommended to consume up to 33g of fibre per day, while men over the age of 50 are recommended to consume 28g per day. Increasing fruit and vegetable intake is a simple way to boost fibre intake. Just one medium sized pear provides 6g of fibre[2].

High fibre diets may also help to facilitate weight loss. Two thirds (67%) of men in the UK are overweight, while a quarter (26%) are clinically obese[3]. Sufficient evidence has outlined the link between eating more fruits and vegetables and maintaining a healthy weight[4], keeping us feeling full and satisfied helps to minimise unhealthy snacking.  Pears also contain a particular type of soluble fibre called pectin which can help to reduce cholesterol in the body.

Pears can also help with weight loss as they are both low-fat and low GI, which means they can help you avoid those sugar highs and lows that can ruin a health-eating plan.

Working together with BAPL, Rob Hobson comments, “We’re in the middle of Movember and it’s never been more important to raise awareness for men’s health and ensure men are aware of the important role their lifestyle choices play in protecting them. There is vast evidence to suggest that pears are beneficial for men’s overall health, whether that be for weight loss, fibre intake or cholesterol”.

Hobson adds, “Pears are a flavoursome, healthy snack and there are so many ways to make your sweet and savoury recipes more exciting with the addition of pears. Try teaming oats which are rich in zinc, an essential man mineral[5], with sliced pears and cinnamon for breakfast. You may also want to add these ingredients along with soya milk to create a cholesterol lowering smoothie. If you are looking for something savoury, then why not try roasted pears and red onion with grilled halloumi for a delicious light meal option.”

Throughout Movember, BAPL wants to reignite the conversation around men’s health - whether you’re sporting handlebars or a slug on your upper lip, don’t shave the conversation for later.

[1] https://uk.movember.com/about/history

[2] Pears: Benefits and nutrition (medicalnewstoday.com)

[3] Statistics on Obesity, Physical Activity and Diet, England, 2020 - NHS Digital

[4] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6266069/

[5] https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/316241#zinc-ED