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Cara oranges are fine to eat when taking cholesterol medications, even though they look like a grapefruit. 


You can see the nutritional composition of these foods in our Fruit and Vegetable Database.  In terms of prevention and healing, they all contain different types of phytonutrients that may be important for health.  You can learn more about what phytonutrients they contain and the potential benefits of each in our Phytochemical Information Center.


Children can be very picky eaters and this can be very frustrating for Moms. Eating a variety of foods, including fruits and vegetables helps your immune system to function optimally, but children who have just started school often get sick quite a bit for the first year or so.  Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions and some tips about getting kids to eat veggies. Click here for kid-friendly recipes. Good luck!


Feeding picky eaters can be a challenge but hang in there! Click here for our Frequently Asked Questions and some tips about getting kids to eat veggies. You can find some kid-friendly recipes by clicking here.


This is difficult because there is no evidence that kids require a warm lunch. The main issue here seems to be that it may limit choices somewhat at a time when you are trying to introduce new foods, or if your toddler is a picky eater.  It’s not clear what the day care center allows for infants, since clearly sandwiches and lunchables are not appropriate. You can find some guidelines for feeding infants and toddlers at which may provide information for you to present to the agency. It also includes a list of possible foods that could be included under this policy. Best of luck.


Our kids’ website – – has an “Eater Meter” that can help kids track their fruit and veggie intake, as well as other activities and recipes to help make eating fruits and vegetables fun. 


These values are generated from a USDA nutrient database. Differences are likely due to rounding. There may also be a small amount of fat (less than 1 gram) that would not show up on the nutrition information.


Canned and frozen vegetables are both full of different nutrients. There may be small differences due to processing. Click on our current “About the Buzz”, to read about the nutritional value of all forms of fruits and vegetables.


You can see these lists by clicking on “What’s in season?”.


Botanically, tomatoes are a fruit and, in a culinary sense, they are a vegetable. Avocados are a fruit.

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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