More than 3,000 known varieties of pears exist, though only about 10 of these are commonly available in grocery stores. Pears are wonderfully sweet fall fruits that pack a nutritional punch in a small 100-calorie package. Each variety has subtle differences in flavor and nutritional profile, yet all can be a nutritious addition to your diet.
Calorie Content of Pears
According to the USDA National Nutrient Database of foods, one medium-size fresh pear provides 100 calories, 5.5 grams of fiber, 27 grams of carbohydrate and more than 200 milligrams of potassium. Bartlett pears contain 112 calories, 7 grams of fiber and 26 grams of carbohydrate, compared to Asian pears, which contain 116 calories, 10 grams of fiber and 29 grams of carbohydrates. All pears are a good source of vitamin C, meaning they provide more than 10 percent of the recommended daily value. Pears are naturally fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free and sodium free.
Part of a Healthy Diet
Diets rich in fruits and vegetables provide an abundance of antioxidants for cell protection and disease prevention. The 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommends filling half of your plate with fruits and vegetables to boost nutrients without adding too many calories. The high-fiber content of pears makes them a good choice for those watching their weight, because this fruit can help you feel fuller without taking in excessive calories. Try having a pear before your meal to curb your appetite for other higher-calorie foods.