Most fruits contain sugar, but they also contain vitamins, minerals, phytochemicals and fiber which contribute to our health. Fruits can be part of a healthy diet, even for diabetics, as we explain here, in our Frequently Asked Questions.
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Eight year olds should aim for 1,200mg of sodium each day, and from age 9 (to age 50) we should aim for 1500mg per day. These are Adequate Intakes, or the amounts needed by healthy people. There are 2,300mg of sodium in one teaspoon of salt.
While it is sometimes stated that organic foods are “better” there is simply not enough information on organic vs. non-organic fruits and vegetables to make a recommendation either way.
Beta-carotene, a precursor for Vitamin A and an important nutrient for vision, immune function and bone and skin health is mostly found in orange and yellow fruit and vegetables and also in dark, leafy green Read More
While nutrient loss does occur after a fruit or vegetable loses its protective peel or skin (e.g., has been cut into), the loss does not occur immediately. It may take up to a few days for any major vitamin Read More
concerning fruits and veggies in ANY form being good for you. I have read that many dried fruits contain high levels of sugar which is bad for us. Is this true?Saturday, March 28th, 2009
When fruits are dried, the water is removed, but everything else, including all of the sugar that was in the fresh fruit, remains. This makes dried fruit very sweet, but it contains the nutrients that were Read More
would you please help me find more kid’s friendly information regarding Dark Green Vegetables? I work in the nutrition departmen of a school district and I’m trying to put some curriculum together for a nutrition class. Thank you!Friday, March 27th, 2009
You can find information on several types of dark green vegetables in our Fruit and Veggie Database and by visiting our Why Fruits and Veggies page.
Hi,I have heard Vegetables loose its Vitamins and Minerals if you cook it really well. Is that true? Should we cook it to “Al dente”?Friday, March 27th, 2009
Yes, it is true that the way vegetables are cooked can be important in avoiding unnecessary nutrient loss. Steaming causes the least amount of vitamin and mineral loss because the vegetable is surrounded in Read More
I lost 60lbs I want to lose 25 more I eat a good balanced menu I can, seem to get rid of the extra weight? i am diabeticThursday, March 26th, 2009
Congratulations on your weight loss! As you know, the healthiest way to lose weight is slowly, by eating less and exercising more. As you lose weight, your new lighter body requires fewer calories than your Read More
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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