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I was wondering about juicing when you have diabeties. Is it a good idea and if so what would be the best fruits/veggies to use?

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

Juice, as well as all fruits and vegetables can usually be worked into a meal plan for diabetes. However, individuals vary in their blood sugar responses to foods. Others have asked about including fruit and  Read More

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what climate do grapes grow in

Saturday, January 31st, 2009

In general, grapes grow best with full sun exposure, mild winter temperatures, freedom from frost, and good soil drainage. However, this may vary by the cultivar of grape. If you want to grow grapes, I  Read More

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What veggies are really fruits and is an avacado a fruit

Friday, January 30th, 2009

Vegetables that are botanically fruits include tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, pumpkin, beans and sweet peppers. Yes, avocados are botanically a fruit. Others have asked the same question. Click on our “Frequently Asked Questions” for more information.

 
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I work with child care providers and have recently had one tell me that a parent of one of the children in her care told her that she feeds her six month old three jars of baby food before bedtime and that a pediatrician told her to do so. Then the parent was wondering why the baby didn’t sleep well! The child care provider is very concerned and tried to explain to the parent that the pediatrician probably meant for the baby to get three jars throughout the day, not just at the evening feeding. But the parent didn’t believe the child care provider. This provider wanted some information on serving sizes for all age children, which I did get for her. My question is this, Do you know if there is any kind of comparison that has been done with the contents of baby food jars and what an equivalent meal would look like for an adult. For example would one jar of 2nd foods baby food be equal to a typical serving size of a spaghetti dinner for an adult? If you do know of such a resource, I would love to be able to use it when working with the childcare providers as individuals as well as in group trainings. Thank-you.

Friday, January 30th, 2009

What a great idea! I have not seen such a comparison and it would be hard to make in a precise way, since nutrients in jars are not all the same and different babies need different amounts. It is reasonable  Read More

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What are the top 10 nutricious snacks for children?

Friday, January 30th, 2009

The top 10 nutritious snacks for children would include many fruits and vegetables as well as foods from other food groups. Click here for our “Top 10 ways to get kids involved” in health eating.

 
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are green beans a fruit or a vegetable and how are fruits and vegetables classified (what makes them one or the other)?

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

Green beans are botanically a fruit, but we use them as a vegetable. Click here to see an explanation of the difference between a fruit and a vegetable from our Frequently Asked Questions.

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What actual fruit has the least nutritional value?

Thursday, January 29th, 2009

All fruits have some nutritional value and can contribute to a healthy diet.

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I’ve heard that it’s better to steam vegetables than it is to boil because boiling saps nutrients from them. Is this true? And if so, is grilling veggies on the good side or the bad side? I often like to have hot meals, but I want to get my nutrients, too. Thanks

Wednesday, January 28th, 2009

Steaming tends to preserve nutrients better than boiling because the vegetables are not in direct contact with water.  Water-soluble vitamins will be lost in cooking water when vegetables are cooked in large  Read More

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nutritional info on turnip also web site were I can get this info for fruits and veggies type 2 diabetic no meds just diet control real hard to get info on fresh veggies and fruit no labels on most thank you very much Carol Ann

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

You can find nutrition information on turnips as well as other fruits and vegetables in our Fruit and Vegetable Database

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I don’t believe it is nutritional to eat diet sugar vs. real natural cane sugar. I do believe we should cut down on our sugar intake and stick to fruits(naturally sweetened)for a healthier lifestyle. So, my question is why do dietitians or nutritionist suggest that diet drinks are better than regular sugar drinks? Diet sugar is not natural but man-made and is not good for you. Thanks

Tuesday, January 27th, 2009

I think that all dietitians would agree that fruit is the best source of sugar. Recommending natural or artifical sweetners are primarily philosophical differences, which may also be influenced by the particular situation that the dietitian is addressing, such as diet for a person with diabetes.

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