The following information is based on USDA Nutrition Facts for one pear serving - a medium-size pear weighing 166 grams or about the size of an average adult fist.
Pears are an excellent source of natural dietary fiber. One pear will give you 24% of your recommended daily allowance of fiber.
Fiber contains no calories, and is a necessary element of a healthy diet as it helps sustain blood sugar levels and promotes regularity.
Pectin is a type of soluble fiber that binds to fatty substances in the digestive tract and promotes their elimination. Soluble fiber also helps regulate the body's use of sugars. Studies indicate that diets high in fiber may reduce the risk of heart disease and certain types of cancer.
Pears have 26 net grams of carbohydrates. The carbohydrates in a pear are low on the glycemic index and have a low glycemic load. This basically means that the carbohydrates in pears are slow to convert to sugar and enter the bloodstream.
Fresh pears are a good source of vitamin C. One fresh pear contains 10% of the RDA for Vitamin C (also called ascorbic acid).
Vitamin C is an essential antioxidant for normal metabolism and tissue repair, and helps prevent free radical damage (destructive by-products of the body's metabolic process). Vitamin C promotes healing of cuts and bruises and helps guard against a number of infectious diseases.
Fresh pears offer 5% of the recommended daily allowance (190 mg of potassium) per serving. The mineral Potassium is an important electrolyte needed for proper heart, nerve and muscle function. It also helps regulate water and electrolyte levels as well as helps maintain carbohydrate and protein metabolism. You can replenish potassium by eating fresh fruits, vegetables or legumes containing potassium.
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