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How many servings per day of fruits and vegetables are recommended for women? For men on the 5 A Day for Better Health Program?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
The 5-A-Day program has been replaced. Click here to see how many fruits and vegetables are now recommended for you and your family.
 
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Does family income have anything to do with the amount of vitamins consumed?

Tuesday, February 19th, 2008
There are some studies that show that folks with very low incomes generally buy few fruits and vegetables. As income increases, they buy more fruits and vegetables and so consume more of the vitamins and other nutrients that fruits and vegetables provide.
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Hi Ma’am, I’m 18yrs old and a male. I want to maximize my protein intake and proper proportions of nutrients. I wish you to tell me how to get the maximum protein from fruits and veggies, so that this will lay a good foundation for my whole life.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Congratulations on your interest in life-long nutrition! Beans and nuts are the best vegetable sources of protein; most fruit are not good sources. Variety and moderation are essential for good nutrition.  Read More
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My husband bought me a fruit dehydrator for Christmas. I love eating the dried fruit, but have no way of figuring nutritional value. I have lost 47lbs in the last 13 months with Weight Watchers and still have about 10 to go. I don’t want to ruin that, or hurt my husbands feeling by not using his gift. Can you tell me more about nutritional info for dried fruits?” from Amy

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Congratulations on your weight loss! Dried fruit can be a delicious part of a healthy diet. Drying the fruit removes the water and very little else, so one apple sliced and dried, has the same calories as  Read More
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My mother is 84 years old and her appetite is’nt very good. I would like her to drink V8 funsion juice, but some are too sour – can I add water and have the juice still be an effective source of nutrients? Serving is 1 cup – I added 1 cup of water.

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008
Adding water to juice will dilute the concentration of nutrients in the juice. If she is drinking the full 2 cups of diluted juice, she will get the amount of nutrients that was in the 1 cup of juice that was diluted with 1 cup of water.
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I work 3rd shift from11:30pm -7:30am I don’t eat breakfast except on the weekends does it mater if I eat something before I go to bed in the mornings or am I fighting a loosing battle .Also I’m trying to get 64oz. of water in a day should I keep track of it from the time I get up or in a 24hour time span?

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

The primary consideration for weight management is overall calorie intake for the day in relation to your physical activity. Since most of your activity takes place during the hours you are awake, it is best  Read More

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My mother is a stroke victim who still has, after one year, a feeding tube. She is still completely bedridden and cannot speak. She has good days and bad ones, as expected. She is alert at times and doesn’t respond at others. The doctors very quickly gave up on her and wanted us to use a drip (they prescribed “Jevity”) for all her nutrition. She is at home in the round-the-clock care of my sister who feels that she needs nothing but juicing and refuses to listen to the doctors because “they only want to maintain her and we want to rebuild her”. She has obtained different recipes of fruits and vegetables needed for each different thing such as cleansing arteries, dissolving an aneurysm, building cells, etc. My mother has lost quite a bit of weight (she is only 5’4″ and was very overweight before – my guess is that she’s lost about 40 pounds) since we brought her home and my other sister feels she is being starved and wants her to be given something else, such as Ensure or go back to the ‘Jevity’ drip. She is also being given Chinese herbs and other supplements suggested by a medical doctor who has an acupuncture business is an adjoining town. Please give me your opinion/suggestions as I seem to be caught in the middle.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Your sister’s dedication is to be commended. Fruits and vegetables are wonderful sources of many nutrients that are essential for health, but may not provide all the nutrients needed by someone who is  Read More

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do fruit and vegetable juices contain the same amount of vitaminC?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

Fruits and vegetables contain different amounts of vitamin C. When they are juiced, most of the vitamin C can be found in the juice. You can check the vitamin C content of many fruits and vegetables here, in our database,

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Wht vegetables are low in potassium? My husband cannot have much potassium.

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008
Many fruits and vegetables are good sources of potassium, but there are some conditions, like kidney or heart failure, that require a diet low in potassium. Some fruits and vegetables that are low in  Read More
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Is it 5 servings of fruit and 5 serving of veggies or a combination of fruit and veggies totaling 5 servings?

Tuesday, February 12th, 2008

The old recommendation was for a combination of fruits and vegetables for a total of 5 servings. The new recommendations are for a little more. You can find out exactly how much is recommended by clicking here.

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