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Citric acid is used in foods to enhance flavor and inhibit bacterial growth. Malic acid is also used in foods to enhance flavor. They do occur naturally in foods; however, when they are used for these purposes, they likely are produced chemically by a chemical company. You should check with the manufacturer of the fruit for more information, as they may vary by product.


Fruits and vegetables vary in their nutrition content and potential health benefits. The best recommendation to assure that you are receiving all the health benefits that they have to offer is to consume a wide variety of colorful fruits and vegetables every day. To see how much you should be consuming each day, click here.


Including fruits and vegetables in your family’s meals will help keep them healthy. Remember that all forms count, so canned, frozen, dried and 100% juice are all good! Buy fruits and vegetables that are on special, and try to take advantage of canned and frozen sales to stock up. Buying from local farmers or farmers markets is an economical way to get fresh fruit in season. You can find healthy recipes for fruits and vegetables here.


Peaches are 89% water by weight, oranges 87% and strawberries and watermelon weigh in at 91% water. You can find nutrition information for these and other fruits by clicking here. Green coconuts hold a great deal of water which you can pour out or drink with a straw! (This is very different from coconut milk which is made from dried coconuts.)


20 dried, tart cherries (about ¼ cup) contain about 110 calories and 25g of carbohydrates, including 14g of sugar.


I married a man with 4 children, 3 living at home. He had sole custody of the children. Along with the long days of work and travel often 10-12 days their eating habits were limited to fast processed foods. Needless to say introducing them to other cooking is a challenge, and I am a Chef, I might add–their ages are 17, 11,10 any suggestions would be appreciated. For New Years eve I served stuffed artichokes along with our meal, my husband and I were the only ones who ate them!

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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