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The 5 A Day program began in 1991. Fruits & Veggies—More Matters ®, which was launched in March of 2007, has replaced 5 A Day.


Liquefying fruits and vegetables will not kill vitamin and nutrient content. Some vitamins are affected by exposure to light, air, and cooking in too much water. Prepare vegetables as close to serving as possible, and store leftovers covered in the refrigerator.


The richest sources of plant proteins are dried beans and nuts. Half a cup of dried peas or beans, (like kidney beans, garbanzos or pinto beans) or one ounce of nuts contains as much protein as an ounce of meat.


Antioxidants reduce the harmful effects of oxidation in some chemical reactions in the body. Oxidation causes free radicals to form, and these are associated with several diseases, including heart disease and some forms of cancer. Some vitamins, including vitamins C and E have antioxidant properties, as do some phytochemicals and some minerals. Fruits and vegetables are rich in antioxidants.


Wash the greens well under running water- a colander is helpful. Gently shake off as much water as you can then blot the leaves with paper towels, or dry in a salad spinner if you have one. Wrap the whole batch in a couple of paper towels and store in a zip top bag in your refrigerator. Use within 5-7 days. Click here to find storage information for other fruits and vegetables.


I’m afraid not. HDL levels usually increase with exercise and weight loss. Eating fruits and vegetables can help with weight loss and by doing so, improve HDL levels.


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You can find some delicious recipes for artichokes on this site by clicking here. Enjoy!


The Acai berry has been used by natives of Brazil for a long time. It is harvested from a specific palm tree found in the rainforests of Brazil. It is a small, round berry that is available dried or as juice. It has a high antioxidant activity, which is one of the ways that fruits and vegetables appear to provide health benefits.


I am not aware of anything in spinach that would make your feet tingle if you eat large quantities. If this is something that has been going on for awhile, I would suggest you consult with your doctor in case it is a symptom of something else, and minimally, to be comfortable.

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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