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Does microwaving change the nutritional value of food?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Q. Does microwaving food and water negate their nutritional value? I need a SCIENTIFIC SOURCE!


A. Microwaving is actually a good way to minimize the loss of  Read More

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How are large quantities of berries sold?

Wednesday, March 25th, 2015

Q. When purchasing strawberries and raspberries, you do not order by the “case” instead you order, how?


A. Large quantities of berries are usually ordered by the flat. A flat contains about 8 quarts or  Read More

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Is it best to eat alkaline foods?

Monday, March 23rd, 2015

Q. Greetings, I have been reading about alkaline and alkaline-producing foods, especially fruits. All charts show watermelon to be very alkaline, though one site made the distinction  Read More

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What is the best way to find the name of exotic fruits?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Q. Can you help me find more info on an exotic fruit? How can I send you a picture of it? Thanks


A. If you are looking to put a name to a fruit, the easiest way would be to search the internet for  Read More

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What vegetables are good for high blood pressure and diabetes when mixed in smoothies?

Sunday, March 22nd, 2015

Q. Just bought a magic bullet… I need to learn what veggies to use for my high blood pressure and diabetes…. Can you help me? I  Read More

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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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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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