Course 4:

NUTRITION

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A Healthy Choice

Not just for healthy snacking, pears are a versitile choice for any meal of the day. They are delicious in salads, sandwiches, and desserts, as well as in savory entrees and side dishes. Advise your customers that they can easily add sweet, healthy pears to the dishes they eat every day: add diced pears to yogurt, cereal, or oatmeal, layer pear slices onto sandwiches and pizzas, or puree ripe pear chunks into smoothies.

Pears are an excellent source of fiber and a good source of the antioxidant vitamin C. One medium sized pear provides 24% of the recommended daily fiber and 10% of the recommended vitamin C for only 100 calories.

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A Closer Look at Key Nutrients

Nutrient-dense, a medium-sized pear is only 100 calories, yet provides a variety of vital minerals, vitamins, fiber and water that can help you feel full faster and for longer.

Pears are fat-free, cholesterol-free and sodium-free. Diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol and high in fiber-rich fruits, vegetables and whole grains – particularly soluble fiber – may reduce the risk for heart disease, a disease associated with many factors.

Pears are an excellent source of fiber, with one medium-sized pear providing 6 grams of fiber, which is 24% of the Daily Value. Low-fat diets full of fiber-containing fruits, vegetables and grain products may reduce the risk of some types of cancer, a disease associated with many factors.

Pears are a good source of vitamin C, often called the “antioxidant vitamin,” which is essential for normal cell growth and repair, wound healing, metabolism, proper immune function and prevention of infectious disease.

Pears also contain potassium, which is not represented on this label. Each medium-sized pear offers about 190 mg (5% Daily Value) of potassium, which is a nutrient that helps reduce the risk for high blood pressure.

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