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Can frozen corn, corn on the cob, and peas count as vegetables?

Thursday, July 9th, 2015
 

Q. Does frozen corn, corn on the cob, and peas count as vegetables?

 

A. Yes – all forms of fruits and vegetables count towards your daily intake of produce. It can be confusing when you hear that corn  Read More

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Do foods high in oxalates interfere with calcium absorption?

Wednesday, July 8th, 2015
 

Q. Will eating a food high in oxalates such as spinach with a food high in calcium such as milk keep you from absorbing the calcium in the other food?

 

A. Certain nutrients can interfere with absorption  Read More

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How do you convert grams of powdered vegetables into servings of vegetables?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
 

Q. How can I convert grams of powdered vegetables into vegetable servings?

 

A. We do not count dried vegetable powder as a serving of vegetables in part because we are not able to evaluate the  Read More

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Do dried dates have the same nutritional value as fresh dates?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
 

Q. Can dates be dried and still hold their nutritional value?

 

A. The moisture content in dates changes when they are dried. When the moisture level decreases, the natural sugar in dates concentrates  Read More

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Can bananas ripen really fast?

Tuesday, July 7th, 2015
 

Q. Can a banana go from firm yellow to part of it being soft black in 20 minutes? It happened today but no one believes me, I feel stupid.

 

A. The ripening process for bananas can be sped up if heat is  Read More

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What is the most important to eat: protein, fat, carbohydrate, or fiber?

Monday, July 6th, 2015
 

Q. Why is protein important? Out of protein, calories, fat, fiber and carbs, what should I focus on for healthy eating?

 

A. Thinking  Read More

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How much is in a serving of grapes?

Wednesday, July 1st, 2015
 

Q. How much is in a serving of grapes?

 

A. A serving of fresh fruit is about ½ cup. A serving of grapes, or ½ cup of grapes is about 16 grapes.

 
 
 
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As a nurse, how do I get my patients to embrace changing their diets?

Tuesday, June 23rd, 2015
 

Q. I’m a nurse in a community with a high obesity rate and patient’s who love high fat/high salt fried foods. I’m vegetarian so I love this  Read More

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What fruits and vegetables contain serotonin?

Sunday, June 21st, 2015
 

Q. What fruits and vegetables contain serotonin?

 

A. Serotonin, which contributes to a person’s mood, occurs naturally in several fruits and vegetables. Plantains,  Read More

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What does a date tree look like?

Saturday, June 13th, 2015
 

Q. Show me a picture of a plant or tree from which dates are collected.

 

A. Dates are grown on ‘date palm’ trees. Depending on the variety of tree, different types of dates will be produced. To see  Read More

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