by Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND


Want an easy taste adventure for your kids? Substitute ripe, fresh or canned pears in any recipe that calls for apples: baked crisps, salads, even applesauce or baked apples. With a little citrus juice, fresh pears won't discolor.

Like apples, pears pack plenty of goodness. Peel on — a medium pear delivers just 100 calories and about 4 grams of dietary fiber. About half is cholesterol-lowering soluble fiber. They have some vitamin C and potassium too. And their antioxidants, called catechins (a flavonoid), may help protect you from cancer.

Try pears in a spinach salad, a pear-cranberry smoothie or on a turkey sandwich.

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Roberta L Duyff MS RDN FAND

Roberta Duyff, MS RDN FAND

Author of "Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics Complete Food and Nutrition Guide, Fourth Edition" and "365 Days of Healthy Eating from the American Dietetic Association" (both published by John Wiley & Sons, Inc., New Jersey).




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