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Does yogurt have similar nutritional benefits when it’s cooked as when it’s eaten raw? I don’t care for the sour taste, but I like to cook chicken and fish in it. Thanks

Friday, May 16th, 2008
The nutritional benefits of yogurt used in cooking will be similar to when it’s eaten raw, although some vitamins may be destroyed by heating. Additionally, active cultures that are in uncooked yogurt will  Read More
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BESIDES SPINICH AND KALE, WHAT ARE THE OTHER DARK GREEN VEGETABLES?

Friday, May 16th, 2008
Other dark green leafy vegetables like spinach and kale include collard and mustard greens, leafy lettuces like romaine, red leaf, and mesclun. Click here to see a list of other green vegetables. 
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How do I know how many calories are in my food at school if they just put it on our tray?

Friday, May 16th, 2008
School lunches are planned to meet certain standards related to fat, salt, and calories. To get more information, your foodservice director may be able to tell you who to contact at the district level where lunches are planned.
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What foods are low and safe with potassium … Dr said to avoid potassium

Friday, May 16th, 2008
A: While potassium balance is important for muscular function and cardiovascular health, there are some conditions that require the adoption of a low-potassium diet. It’s great that you’re actively seeking  Read More
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How do you prepare a jimaca?

Friday, May 16th, 2008
A: Jicama is a unique and tasty Mexican fruit, rich in fiber and Vitamin C! A cousin of the sweet potato, it has a crisp texture and a sweet taste. A jicama can be enjoyed just as it is, after removing the  Read More
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I would like to incourage my co-workers to eat better and to exercise. A majority of them are over weight and I have just lost 41 pounds and they want me to help them with losing weight! I have told them I need their help as much as they need mine! We are going to have an exercise class Monday, Wednesday, and Friday and on Wednesdays we could exchange recipes and I could give them health tips. Is there any good tip you can share with me that they could use? Thanks and I hope to here rom you soon!

Friday, May 16th, 2008
A: We encourage eating fruits and vegetables as part of a weight loss plan because in addition to being nutritious and providing important nutrients, they help to promote feelings of fullness and delay  Read More
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why do we need to eat them every day? or once in a while?

Friday, May 16th, 2008
A:   I’m guessing that you are talking about fruits and vegetables. Eating fruits and veggies everyday is important because they provide nutrients that our bodies need to function at its best. Eating fruits  Read More
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Does cooking vegetables in a microwave diminish or destroy the nutritional value over steaming the same vegetables?

Friday, May 16th, 2008
A: No, both methods of cooking retain nutrients. 
 
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Hi, i would like to know what type of foods/fruits/veges are suitable for cancer patients after they had radiotherapy? Any foods we should avoid? Would you mind to provide some easy recipes for me? thanks.

Friday, May 16th, 2008
Recommendations tend to be individual based on tolerance, type of cancer etc. You can find some general recommendations and meal planning guidelines from the American Cancer Society at www.cancer.org. If you  Read More
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allergic to carrots –looking for good juicing recipes without them

Friday, May 16th, 2008
We don’t have recipes for juicing. However, you can juice any combination of vegetables and/or fruits that sound good to you without including carrots. Some enjoy combinations of fruit and vegetable juices. Use your imagination!
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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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