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Celebrate the Healthy Way with Fruit of the Month: Pears

Posted by Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona
Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Fo...
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on Monday, 18 December 2017 in School Nutrition Blog

PearWinter has now arrived and here at Whitsons, we want to make sure that no matter what time of year it is, you are still eating your daily serving of fruit. This month we would like to highlight our fruit of the month, the pear.

The best time of year to get pears are from August to October, but they are available all year round. Pears contain many nutrients. These fruits are naturally high in Vitamin C, Vitamin K, copper, and potassium. They are also a great source of fiber, which is great for the heart and helping us stay full. Vitamin C is important especially for young children because it helps strengthen the immune system, as well as decrease the healing time from bruises and cuts; this is essential in helping us fight off that winter cold!


This fruit is also considered to be hypoallergenic, which means that they are safe to eat for those with food allergies or sensitivities. Potassium is necessary for maintaining normal blood pressure, as well as good heart health. Another mineral found in pears is copper; this mineral can help with strong bones, as well as aid in building a healthy immune system. Not only is this fruit packed with vitamins, but it also makes a delicious and healthy snack for children.


Whitsons School Nutrition program helps introduce fruits and vegetables to students with their Nutrition Safari program, and this month pears will be highlighted as the Fruit of the Month. From smoothies to fruit medleys, our Fruit of the Month will be featured in your child’s cafeteria and will be an instant favorite.

Remember, healthy eating habits may begin at home, but Whitsons School Nutrition program will help lead your child on the journey of healthy eating!


Contributor: Katherine Ancona, R.D. 






Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this blog are strictly those of the author and should not be construed as the opinions of Whitsons Culinary Group or any of its affiliates.  All content and material contained in this blog is provided for informational purposes only, and no representation is made as to the accuracy or completeness of this information.  It is general information that may not apply to you as an individual.  It is not medical advice and should not be treated as such.  You should not rely on the information in this blog as a substitute for your own doctor’s medical care or advice. If you have any specific questions about any medical matter you should consult your doctor or other professional healthcare provider.

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Katherine Ancona is a Registered Dietitian for Whitsons Culinary Group. She received her Master’s Degree in Food, Nutrition, and Culinary Science from Clemson University in 2013. While attending Clemson University, she led a team of undergraduate students in modifying recipes to be healthier. She is most interested in wellness, pediatric, and culinary nutrition, and she also serves as a volunteer for the Kids Eat Right Campaign. Katherine completed her dietetic internship at Oklahoma State University in 2014, and began working for Whitson’s Culinary Group as a Registered Dietitian in August of 2016.


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