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I have read that Olive oil should be our oil of choice, but have also read that the benefits no longer exist if the oil is used in cooking, because they become hydrogenated or tans fat. So, what would be the best choice of oils to use in cooking? Staff and parents have asked me this and I am having a hard time finding the answer. Thank-you

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

It is true that there are different kinds of fats/oils, and knowing the difference can be beneficial to your health.  Some fats can be bad for the heart (e.g. saturated and trans fats—also known as  Read More

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Where can I find a list of slow carb food. Thanks

Wednesday, April 25th, 2007

I’m assuming you mean “low” carb here.  First, a little background on carbohydrates…

 Carbohydrates are either considered “simple” or “complex”.  Complex carbs come from plants and are foods such as grains,  Read More

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Looking for expiration dates on canned goods.

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The Canned Food Alliance has a website – www.mealtime.org – that explains how to read the codes on the can that indicate the expiration date, as well as guidelines for the shelf life of canned foods.  The  Read More

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How can I find information on Balsamic Vinegar that would be a credible source to use it fir a health benefit or disease prevention?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

The most credible source would be through PubMed, the National Library Medicine database of scientific publications. (You can google “PubMed” and a link will appear.)   Entering ‘balsamic vinegar’ and health  Read More

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What percentage of Americans are aware that they should eat five servings of fruits and vegetables a day?

Wednesday, April 18th, 2007

Research conducted by ACNielsen for Produce for Better Health Foundation in 2004 indicated that about 42% of respondents reported that the recommendation for fruits and vegetables was 5-6 servings per day.  Read More

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I have read that for humans to absorb the nutrients from carrots, the carrots must be cooked because human bodies can not break down the cell walls in carrots to get the nutrients out. However, I have also been told that purple carrots lose their purple color when cooked. Is the blue phytonutrient in purple carrots destroyed by cooking? Should one eat some cooked and some uncooked carrots to get all the nutrients from carrots? What about ground up carrots in carrot juice? Do they contain the full balance of nutrients in carrots, both orange and purple?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

In consulting with our nutrition experts here, we know of no scientific evidence indicating that carrots must be cooked in order to absorb the nutrients they contain.  It is true that cooking can reduce some  Read More

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What suggestions do you have for improving nutritional intake in autistic children. It is very difficult to ensure that autistic children obtain the proper amount of calories and nutrients due to their issues with various food textures. Any advice in this area?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Feeding special needs children presents many challenges, not the least of which is the food itself. In many cases, there are also swallowing difficulties and occupational therapy issues to consider.  Without  Read More

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Is it crucial to eat cruciferous vegetables every week? How many servings? Since peanuts are legumes, do they count as a vegetable? What processes can vegetables and fruits undergo that negates their positive value as contributors to a healthy diet?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

There is not a specific recommendation for consumption of cruciferous vegetables.  Cruciferous vegetables are chock full of nutrients that are important for a health.  They also contain a variety of  Read More

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Do blue corn chips meet the criteria for blue vegetables? Are there any phytonutrients left in a blue corn chip? Does the process of converting blue corn into a corn chip introduce so much saturated fat and salt that the food is unhealthy to eat on balance?

Tuesday, April 17th, 2007

Blue corn chips do not count as a vegetable (but the salsa you might dip them into does!).  They are made from blue corn, which is actually a grain, not a vegetable.  There are many different forms of corn –  Read More

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Have you ever heard of Juice Plus or seen the research on it?

Friday, April 13th, 2007

We often hear of dietary supplements that promise the nutritional equivalent of whole foods such as fruits and vegetables in a tiny, little pill.  The truth is…claims like this are just not true.  Science is  Read More

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