Often overshadowed by apple, pear is rich in antioxidants polyphenols and has very high fiber content, making it good for digestion and gut health. Pear can contain different antioxidants based on its color. Anthocyanins give it its red hue, while lutein and zeaxanthin appear in green pears. Another antioxidant present in the peel is quercetin, improving heart health, lowering cholesterol, blood pressure and risk of stroke. Pear is best eaten with the skin that holds most of its antioxidants and fiber. It is good for fighting inflammation and fiber in pear slows down digestion, helping regulate blood sugar levels and absorption of carbs.
Apple has high content of polyphenols – powerful antioxidants present mostly in the peel, helping regulate blood sugar and fat levels. Apples are very filling and help reduce appetite when consumed before a meal. That makes them an important food in weight management and obesity prevention. They are beneficial to heart health and lower risk of stroke and heart disease due to high soluble fiber content. Apples contain fiber pectin, feeding good bacteria in our guts and lowering cholesterol. They are considered to lower risk of type 2 diabetes and widely believed to reduce risk of cancer.