August 16, 2009

Get Your Pear On

Both fruits & vegetables are good sources of fiber - but on average, fruit tends to have more fiber per serving than do vegetables. So, what's the highest fiber fruit? Hard to say exactly - but pears KILL most competitors on the fiber count!

For 130 calories, a large-sized pear yields 7 grams of fiber, which is 25% of your daily needs. A medium-to-large sized Asian pear - like the one pictured here - go for 110 calories and an impressive 10 grams of fiber.

Pears make a great on the go snack...and they also work well in salads. To prevent browning, dip your pear slices in citrus juice before adding to salad. The ascorbic acid (vitamin C) in orange, lemon and lime juice acts as an antioxidant which prevents enzymatic browning that occurs when the fruit flesh is exposed to air/oxygen. This also works well for preserving sliced apples and bananas - plus it adds a nice, tart citrus flavor.