Carb Counts for Pears

Pear Nutritional Information

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Pears are moderately high in sugar, and don't contain as many nutrients as other fruits. However, they do have a fairly high amount of fiber.  There are many types of pears, with colors including green, yellow, rust, and bright red.  Their shapes also vary, and not all are "pear-shaped" -- Asian pears are round like apples, for example.

Carbohydrate and Fiber Counts for Pears

  • 1 small pear (5 ounces): 18 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 5 grams of fiber and 84 calories.
  • ½ cup pears, cubed: 10 grams of effective (net) carbohydrate plus 2.5 grams of fiber and 46 calories.

Glycemic Index for Pears

The averages in studies of pears ranged between 33 to 42, with an average of 38.

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Glycemic Load of Pears

  • 1 small pear (5 oz/148 grams): 6

  • ½ cup pears, cubed: 3

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Health Benefits of Pears

Like most fruits, pears contain phytonutrients (especially flavonoids), and about half of its fiber is soluble fiber.  Be sure to eat the skin, as the concentration of nutrients is high in the skin.  One study has indicated that the particular combination of phytonutrients in apples and pears may help improve insulin sensitivity and reduce the risk for Type 2 diabetes.

More Information About Pears at Calorie Count Plus.

Selecting and Storing Pears

Pears are usually picked unripe, as they will continue to ripen after leaving the tree, and are easier to ship when they are hard.

  If you buy your pears when they are still hard, it will take a few days at room temperature to reach optimal ripeness.  You'll know they are ripe when there is a slight "give"  when you press gently up by the stem end.  To speed up ripening put them loosely in a paper bag (don't pack them too tightly),  Of course, avoid buying pears with blemishes or soft spots.

Once pears are ripe, or if you want to slow the ripening, store them in the refrigerator.  Again, don't pack them too closely.  The phase "one bad apple spoils the whole barrel" applies to pears as well.  This is because as they ripen they give off ethylene gas and they give off more and more of the gas as they ripen, and then over-ripen, and then begin to rot.  So if you have a whole bunch together, they can speed up the ripening of the whole group.

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