A laxative is any substance which induces bowel movements, and while there are several reasons a person might want to take one the most common is as a remedy for constipation. While there are a number of over-the-counter laxatives available, there are also many foods which function as natural laxatives.
But what about pears? Are pears a laxative?
Yes, they are!
Pears contain a relatively high amount of fiber, and they make for an especially effective laxative because most of the fiber is insoluble. Pears also contain lots of fructose, which helps the fiber to cause bowel movements. Also, pears may be less irritating to the intestines than other natural laxatives such as prunes or figs.