Apple vs. Pears

Nutrition comparison of Apple and Pears


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of apple versus pears (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in apple and pears:

  • Both pears and apple are high in dietary fiber.
Detailed nutritional comparison of apple and pears is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Apple (Apples, raw, with skin (Includes foods for USDA's Food Distribution Program)) and Pears (Pears, raw) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Here's an infographic summarizing the nutritional differences between apple and pears. marks particularly rich nutrients.


Calories and Carbs

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Pears and apple contain similar amounts of calories - pear has 57 calories per 100 grams and apple has 52 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, apple is similar to pears for protein, carbs and fat. Apple has a macronutrient ratio of 2:95:3 and for pears, 2:96:2 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Apple Pears
Protein 2% 2%
Carbohydrates 95% 96%
Fat 3% 2%
Alcohol ~ ~

carbohydrates

Pears and apple contain similar amounts carbs - pear has 15.2g of total carbs per 100 grams and apple has 13.8g of carbohydrates.

dietary fiber

Both pears and apple are high in dietary fiber. Pear has 29% more dietary fiber than apple - pear has 3.1g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and apple has 2.4g of dietary fiber.

sugar

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of sugar - pear has 9.8g of sugar per 100 grams and apple has 10.4g of sugar.



Protein

protein

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of protein - pear has 0.36g of protein per 100 grams and apple has 0.26g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Both pears and apple are low in saturated fat - pear has 0.02g of saturated fat per 100 grams and apple has 0.03g of saturated fat.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of Vitamin C - pear has 4.3mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and apple has 4.6mg of Vitamin C.

Vitamin A

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of Vitamin A - pear has 1ug of Vitamin A per 100 grams and apple has 3ug of Vitamin A.

Vitamin E

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - pear has 0.12mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and apple has 0.18mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - pear has 4.4ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and apple has 2.2ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Both apple and pears contain significant amounts of thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid, Vitamin B6 and folate.

Apple Pears
Thiamin 0.017 MG 0.012 MG
Riboflavin 0.026 MG 0.026 MG
Niacin 0.091 MG 0.161 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.061 MG 0.049 MG
Vitamin B6 0.041 MG 0.029 MG
Folate 3 UG 7 UG

Minerals

calcium

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of calcium - pear has 9mg of calcium per 100 grams and apple has 6mg of calcium.

iron

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of iron - pear has 0.18mg of iron per 100 grams and apple has 0.12mg of iron.

potassium

Pears and apple contain similar amounts of potassium - pear has 116mg of potassium per 100 grams and apple has 107mg of potassium.

Antioxidants and Phytonutrients

flavonoids

Naturally occuring in fruits and vegetables, flavonoids are associated with many health benefits and used in a variety of medicinal and pharmaceutical applications. [2][3]

For specific flavonoid compounds, apple has more quercetin than pear per 100 grams, however, pear contains more isorhamnetin than apple per 100 grams.

Apple Pears
luteolin 0.12 mg ~
kaempferol 0.14 mg ~
Quercetin 4.01 mg 0.84 mg
isorhamnetin ~ 0.3 mg

carotenoids

Carotenoids are micronutrients commonly found in plants and some animal products. An example is beta-carotene, the notable carotenoid which is a popular source of Vitamin A.[4][5]

For specific types of carotenoids, both apple and pears contain significant amounts of beta-carotene and lutein + zeaxanthin.

Apple Pears
beta-carotene 27 UG 14 UG
lutein + zeaxanthin 29 UG 44 UG
alpha-carotene ~ 1 UG

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, both apple and pears contain small amounts of alpha linoleic acid (ALA).

Apple Pears
alpha linoleic acid 0.009 G 0.001 G
Total 0.009 G 0.001 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, pear has more linoleic acid than apple per 100 grams.

Apple Pears
linoleic acid 0.043 G 0.093 G
Total 0.043 G 0.093 G



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The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Apple (Apples, raw, with skin (Includes foods for USDA's Food Distribution Program)) and Pears (Pears, raw) .

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