Apple or Pear: Which Is Healthier?

Apples and pears have a lot in common. Both fruits belong to the pome fruit family and each makes a valuable contribution to a healthy diet. Because of their lower acidity, pears are better for people with a sensitive stomach than apples. Old apple varieties such as Boskop, Braeburn, or Cox Orange still contain a higher proportion of pectins and polyphenols than the newer varieties. These should have a beneficial effect on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. This is easily recognized by the faster discoloration after cutting open.

The following applies to both types of fruit: It is particularly healthy to eat the skin of apples and pears as well since most of the vitamins and nutrients are located just under the skin. Accordingly, one should also make sure to wash the fruit carefully before consumption. Apples and pears are also ideal for cooking and baking. For example, try our recipe for pear compote.

Apples versus pears (on average per 100 grams):


  • Apples: 61 calories
  • Pears: 52 kcal

vitamin C

  • Apples: 12 mg
  • Pears: 5 mg

folic acid

  • Apples: 5 µg
  • Pears: 14 µg


  • Apples: 5 mg
  • Pears: 7 mg


  • Apples: 5 mg
  • Pears: 10 mg


  • Apples: 119 mg
  • Pears: 114 mg

Looking for a starter instead of dessert? Discover our recipe for bread soup!

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Written by John Myers

Professional Chef with 25 years of industry experience at the highest levels. Restaurant owner. Beverage Director with experience creating world-class nationally recognized cocktail programs. Food writer with a distinctive Chef-driven voice and point of view.

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