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Can I eat fruits and vegetables with lunch and dinner on the same day?

Monday, March 16th, 2015

Q. Is it ok to eat fruits for both lunch and dinner in a day


A. Absolutely! Fruits and veggies should make up half your plate at every meal. They are full of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants needed  Read More

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Are chickpeas considered a healthy food to eat?

Thursday, March 5th, 2015

Q. Are chickpeas good for a healthy diet?


A. Chickpeas, also known as garbanzo beans are a very healthy food. They are part of the legume family which counts as a  Read More

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What is the tall stalk that grows in the middle of lettuce?

Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Q. When growing red leaf lettuce, what is the tall stalk that grows up from the center of plant? Will only one stalk of broccoli grow per plant or will another grow after the first is harvested?


A. The  Read More

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Do vegetarians need to take dietary supplements?

Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015

Q. Hello, I am attempting to transition to a plant base diet. I am certain that the science supports the benefits it offer, namely in reducing the incidences of chronic conditions such as hypertension,  Read More

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What vegetables are best for health?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Q. Which vegetables included in the diet to increase a healthy life? and which vegetables would be least effective?


A. All vegetables offer a variety of nutrients that fuel the body in many different  Read More

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Do berries contain sodium?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Q. Do berries contain sodium?


A. Berries may have a trace amount of sodium, but usually not enough to include on a food label. Check out our fruit and vegetable database for sodium content levels in a wide variety of produce.

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How much sodium is in meat?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Q. How much sodium in meat? Which ones?


A. Sodium content in meat varies a lot depending on how it is prepared. If you cook meat without sauces or salt based rubs, then the sodium content  Read More

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How do you soften raisins?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Q. Is there a way to soften raisins?


A. Raisins are dried, therefore they will absorb any liquid that they are cooked or soaked in. Liquid will soften and plump them up. Try making Carrot  Read More

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How much kale is consumed by Californians each year?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Q. How much kale is consumed by California per year? What are the top three states for kale consumption per year?


A. Sorry, but we do not know of any data that would tell us how much kale is consumed per state.

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How do I locate dates on canned produce?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Q. Cream Style Corn H7MJ152E WHAT DATE IS THIS CODE?


A. The above mentioned code is a way for manufacturers to track a product to know what stores received what shipment. Labels on canned products  Read More

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The Expert: Dr. Elizabeth Pivonka, a mother of two and a registered dietitian, shares years of experience in getting people to eat more fruits and veggies.
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