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Raspberries are very fragile and should be used in a day or two. Blueberries can keep for several days in the fridge. Both should be stored here.

 

Absolutely! Dried fruits only contain less water. Since they are more condensed, an equal amount of dried fruit has more calories than an equal amount of canned, frozen or fresh fruits. However, dried fruits still contain the fiber and nutrients. Dried fruits are a convenient way to keep a healthy snack on hand when on the go. Click here to read about all forms of fruits and veggies.

 

There are many behaviors that are associated with better health, including a well balanced diet that is low in fat and contains a wide variety of fruits and vegetables. It is important to be at a healthy weight, which can be achieved by balancing calorie intake with exercise. The 2005 Dietary Guidelines for Americans will give you information about what is recommended to eat as well as recommendations for exercise. Click here to see the guidelines. Other behaviors that are usually associated with health include not smoking, getting appropriate amounts of sleep, and managing stress.

 

When it comes to fruits and vegetables, all forms count. Eating a piece of fruit provides water, and fiber in addition to the nutrients in the fruit. Dried fruit simply has less water, but still provides fiber and nutrients. Dried fruit is more condensed, so the same amount of dried will have more calories than the same amount of fresh or canned. Juice that is ‘100% juice’ contains all the nutrients of the fruit, but will have little or no fiber. However, it is fine to include a serving of juice each day as one way to get more fruits and veggies in your diet. Click here to learn about all forms of fruits and veggies.

 

The answers to your questions are right here on this sight! Click here to see some of the benefits of eating colorful fruits and vegetables and to read about some of the important nutrients provided by fruits and veggies.

 

All fruits and vegetables can fit into a meal plan for diabetes. Starchy vegetables such as potatoes and peas, and fruits may need to be considered for their carbohydrate content. Additionally, some canned fruits that are packed in syrup and sweetened frozen fruits will have more carbohydrate from the sugar. Unsweetened frozen fruits and canned fruits packed in juice or water are usually better choices for a diet for diabetes. The food label will tell you how much there is per serving. I suggest you discuss meal planning for diabetes with a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator who can help you with food selection to manage your blood sugar. You can find one in your area at www.eatright.org.

 

Your situation is difficult, but not impossible. Did you know that when it comes to fruits and vegetables, all forms count – canned, frozen, dried, and juice, as well as fresh? Keep your eye open for special sales and for coupons. A nutritionist may be able to help you with your diet. A local hospital may conduct classes for people with diabetes at no charge, and many health clinics have nutritionists on staff.

 

I suggest you try on line. If you Google “environmentally friendly produce bags” you will be presented with many vendors.

 

Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients that we get from nowhere else. These include vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, all of which are needed for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are very low in fat and calories, so are helpful for controlling your weight. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet can reduce the risk of several diseases including stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and perhaps some forms of cancer. You can find out how many fruits and vegetables you should eat every day by clicking here.

 

Fruits and vegetables provide many nutrients that we get from nowhere else. These include vitamins, minerals, fiber and phytochemicals, all of which are needed for good health. Most fruits and vegetables are very low in fat and calories, so are helpful for controlling your weight. Eating lots of fruits and vegetables as part of a healthy diet can reduce the risk of several diseases including stroke, type 2 diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure and perhaps some forms of cancer. You can find out how many fruits and vegetables you should eat every day by clicking here.

 
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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