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Looking for a receipe for a brown rice pudding made with rice or almond milk and dried fruits. Any suggestions. Thank you.

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

You may find something that interests you in our Fruit & Vegetable Recipe Database. It includes some recipes with dried fruits. Good luck on finding your recipe!

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Why is sugar in fruit not badefor you execpt for the added vitamins. Is the sugar different than that found in candy?

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

Yes, the sugar in fruit is different than that found in candy.  The sugar that’s found in candy is a more concentrated, refined sugar. Consumption of excess refined sugars can lead to cavities and is  Read More

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I live in knoxville TN so far I didn’t find quince do you know which stores carry them.Thank you

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

You may be able to find quince at a local farmer’s market or specialty food store.

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I heard that you are only supposed to eat fruit on an empty stomach and by it’s self, is that true?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

No, it is not true that you are only supposed to eat fruit by itself and on an empty stomach.  Fruit can be eaten at any time of the day, and can be prepared and served many different ways.  Combining  Read More

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does the chayote squash have a garlic-like seed inside?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

It has a seed inside, but does not really resemble garlic. Visit our Fruit & Vegetable Database for nutrition information on chayote squash.

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I am allergic to asparagus,brussel sprouts, strawberries and cantaloupe. Is there a common denominator?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

I don’t recognize any common denominators and haven’t heard of allergies to any of these items other than strawberries.

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What does the Applesauce replace in baking recipes?

Friday, October 16th, 2009

It is often used as a substitute for oil.

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What is whole grain and how many servings we need per day?

Thursday, October 15th, 2009

For information about whole grains and how many servings you need, we recommend that you visit

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Cooking variety of boiled vegetables

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Vegetables can be baked, boiled, steamed, grilled, and prepared in many other ways.  Check out our Top Ten Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits and Vegetables for more great ideas.

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Are grapes good for a diet? its true that they are fattening?

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

Yes, grapes are a great fruit to include in the diet.  They do not contain any fat, and they are high in vitamins C and K. 

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