Carb Count for Pears

Pears are a distant relative of apples, though softer in texture when fully ripe. Pears soften from the sugars created when the natural starch in the fruit breaks down. The many varieties of pears offer only slight differences in flavor. The maturation times for each variety ensure that you can find fresh pears nearly year round. Despite the natural sugar content in pears, they are rich in dietary fiber and many vitamins.

Pears for sale at a market.
Credit: Maren Winter/iStock/Getty Images

Serving Size and Calories

A medium pear produces approximately 1 cup of fruit. The standard serving size is a 1/2 cup of sliced fruit, so an average medium pear equals two fruit servings. A single serving of pears contains 50 calories, or 100 calories in a medium pear. Pears are fat-free, making them an ideal choice for low-fat diets.

Carbohydrates

Each 1/2-cup serving of pears contains 15 g of carbohydrates, for a total of 30 g of carbohydrates in a medium pear. There are 3 g of dietary fiber in each serving of pears, or 6 g in a medium-size whole fruit. The dietary fiber content of the pear reduces the carbohydrate load, causing a more gradual impact on blood sugar levels.

Other Nutrients

Pears are naturally free of sodium, cholesterol and fat. Fresh pears contribute vitamin C, vitamin A and potassium to your dietary intake. Pears pack a strong benefit to your diet with minimal negative health impacts. The low glycemic load of pears combined with the nutritional benefit make them an ideal choice for a balanced carbohydrate diet.

Uses

Pears are ideal for slicing, baking or sauteing. Add them to stuffing for a light, natural sweetness to contrast the salt and natural protein flavors in meat. Pears are suitable for many of the same applications as apples, including as an ingredient in salads, fruit plates and baked pears with low-sugar glazes.

references
Load Comments
PARTNER & LICENSEE OF THE LIVESTRONG FOUNDATION

Copyright © 2019 Leaf Group Ltd. Use of this web site constitutes acceptance of the LIVESTRONG.COM Terms of Use , Privacy Policy and Copyright Policy . The material appearing on LIVESTRONG.COM is for educational use only. It should not be used as a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. LIVESTRONG is a registered trademark of the LIVESTRONG Foundation. The LIVESTRONG Foundation and LIVESTRONG.COM do not endorse any of the products or services that are advertised on the web site. Moreover, we do not select every advertiser or advertisement that appears on the web site-many of the advertisements are served by third party advertising companies.