Why Every Pear is Beyond Compare
The humble, shapely, pear is a member of the rosaceae family (interestingly, just like roses as well as apples, and apricots (to name a few).
When you look into the nutritional components of the pear, the thing that jumps out is its fiber profile. Did you know that you can get 22% of your daily fiber needs met by eating one?! How crazy is that?! Which explains why it’s beneficial to digestive health, as well as prebiotic functions.
Otherwise, compared to other fruits, let’s face it: they don’t look terribly spectacular at first glance.
Stripping Down the Pear
Juicing 8oz of its juice provides the nutrition you’d get by eating two or three. For people like me with digestive issues (specifically for me, Chrons’ Disease) dodging the fiber lets us take in the pear’s free form concentrate of power-packed minerals, including: vitamins C & K along with several forms of synergistic B, potassium, copper, phosphorus, magnesium, flavonols (anthocyanins), and iron.
Also interestingly, its juice improves the absorbability of many other vitamins and mineral. That’s one of the reasons pear juice is recommended for children, as well as for anyone recovering from illness.
That’s why we sometimes refer to pears as a natural immune system booster!
In addition, a pear’s nutrients boost cardiovascular circulation, pears’ flavonoids are being studied for their ability to prevent cancer. They also increase bone mineral density, and support the entire nervous system.
CRITICALLY: This happens in the Juice far more readily then merely munching on them whole, when the pear’s fiber prevents nutrient absorption.
Ap(pear)ent Fun Facts
Despite the fact that the Ancient Greeks mathematically calculated the shape (and size) of the earth thousands of years before his charter from Queen Isabella – Columbus believed, rather, that the Earth is in fact shaped like a pear! Columbus wrote: ” […] this western half of the world, I maintain, is like half a very round pear, having a raised projection for the stalk, as I have already described” .
And, They Have Great A-peel
While we often hear about apples being rich in pectin, pears are actually a better source. Pectin fiber is helpful for digestion by binding to excess fatty substances in our lower GI tract, and removes these fatty substances along with LDL cholesterol and other waste toxins in the body.
Pear pectin literally encourages the body to dump its garbage, improving our natural detoxifying capabilities, while also helping to balance our blood sugar. The pectin is found in the highest levels in the peel, and has been shown in studies to improve plasma lipid levels. So if you juice at home (and, I hope you do) – juice the ‘Juice Shack way’ … juice the whole thing!
Here’s Where YOU Can Help, Dear Reader . . . become a health detective
For two years, I’ve scoured the internet seeking sources that can back up the health and benefit claims of fruits, vegetables, and supplements (sometimes called “boost”).
In the chart below are the health claims I and others have discovered about pears. Where you see a footnote, you’ll find a link to the source. If there is not a footnote, then that means that the specific health claim is made, but neither I or anyone I know has been able to locate sources of research or anecdote to backup the claim.
So, if you are aware of a direct source of research or anecdotes to back up the claims, please post them in the comments. I’ll check them out and if they meet our standards, I’ll make sure that they’re included in the next edition of the blog and give you a shout-out!
Reported Health Benefit Claims of Pear:
Helps with throat soreness 
Improves energy 
Come on down into the Shack, where we’ve pre-peared a juice for you!
Speaker 1: (00:00)
Today with Dr. Davis, we’re going to learn about pears. So let’s talk about pears.
Speaker 2: (00:13)
Pears very similar in, in nutritional value as an Apple. So again, it has packed in uh, soluble fiber, so it’s, uh, it’s good for that. Uh, it’s full of antioxidant. It does have some vitamin C in it. Does have magnesium and potassium in it. But again, very similar, similar to apples with the, the soluble fiber in it. So it’s good for digestion.
Speaker 1: (00:42)
Does that lead to anticancer properties like you get from an Apple?
Speaker 2: (00:46)
Yes, exactly. Very similar. They’re both Asian fruits and so, uh, very sim, similar in nature as an apple.
Speaker 1: (00:54)
And so with the pear because of the magnesium and calcium that can be used for relaxing the muscles, maybe getting the body and mind prepare for restful sleep. Exactly, exactly. And , and its,
Speaker 2: (01:08)
um, you know, people think of it’s a little lower on the glycemic index than say a banana. So it would be, you know, if you’re looking for a lower fruit toasts or lower glycemic index fruit, how fast it gets converted into sugar pears would be a good one.
Speaker 1: (01:24)
Sounds like I need a pair today.
Excerpt: Book of Earths by Edna Kenton (1928) pp. 209-210 on comparative folklore and mythology of earth origins. Including FIGURE 89. The pear-shaped Earth of Columbus. (From Paradise Found; William Fairfield Warren, 1885.)