Pears are an excellent source of dietary fiber and a good source of Vitamin C. Most of the fiber is insoluble, making pears a good laxative. The gritty fiber content may cut down on the number of cancerous colon polyps. Most of the vitamin C, as well as the dietary fiber, is contained within the skin of the fruit. I love to use pears in both salads and also in desserts, I will keep a few each week to either bake or chop into bite size pieces to use in a fruit salad.