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Pears are a healthy choice for Americans!

According to the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans (DGA), Americans should make half the plate fruits and vegetables at every meal to help reduce risk for chronic diseases. Based on scientific research, the DGA provide recommendations that promote health and reduce risk for chronic diseases such as cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, hypertension, osteoporosis, and certain cancers.

MyPlateAlong with the 2010 DGA, the USDA has replaced the Food Pyramid with MyPlate, a simple, straightforward guide to healthier meals. For more information, visit choosemyplate.gov.

Recommendations from the DGA include:

Balancing Calories
Enjoy your food, but eat less.
Avoid oversized portions.

Foods to Increase
Make half your plate fruits and vegetables.
Make at least half your grains whole grains.
Switch to fat-free or low-fat (1%) milk.

Foods to Reduce
Compare sodium in foods like soup, bread, and frozen meals - and choose the foods with lower numbers.
Drink water instead of sugary drinks.

 

What do pears have to offer?

Pears are an excellent source of fiber.
Pears are a good source of Vitamin C.
Pears are fat free and cholesterol free.
Pears are sodium free and provide 190 mg of potassium.
Pears are a nutrient-dense food.