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What is the best antioxidant?

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Antioxidants help to fight disease and also block  the free radicals in our bodies that can cause cancer.  It is very important to have a wide variety of antioxidants included in your diet, not just  Read More

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I am confused about measuring — do I put broccoli in a measuring cup? What about all the air space? And what about spinach — do I need to pack it down? THANK YOU !! Elizabeth

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Usually, about 5 broccoli florets equal a half cup of broccoli.  As for spinach, about a half cup of cooked, unpacked spinach equals a serving. Check out these 1/2 cup and 1 cup visuals to help in measuring other fruits and vegetables.

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Where can I buy frozen baby onions to add to my casseroles and stews? I have searched online and visited various supermarkets, are these a thing of the past?

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Many times, frozen baby onions are sold as a mixture with green peas in the freezer section.  If you are unable to find frozen baby onions, you may be able to find frozen shallots or give fresh baby onions a shot.

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Are there special fruits that burn fats from the body? What is an effective method to encourage eating fruits?

Thursday, November 19th, 2009

Eating a variety of fruits and vegetables provides many great benefits to the human body.  However, they do not burn fats from the body.   Physical activity is the most effective way of buring fats from your  Read More

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How do i grow jicama?

Monday, November 16th, 2009

Check out the Centers for Disease Control website for some great tips on Growing Vegetables!

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where can i find information on what spices work with what dish.is there a catalog to be found? thanks

Friday, November 13th, 2009

You should probably search for a site that is spice-specific. Please also check out our Fruit & Vegetable Recipe Database for some tasty dishes!

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Should an 18 month male child who is on FatFree Soy Milk need a calcium supplement.The only meat he gets is Chicken or Turkey, low sugar and low sodium diet.Thank You.

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

If the soy milk is not fortified with calcium, then yes, your child may need a calcium supplement.  Chicken and turkey are not good sources of calcium.  Try finding a soy milk that has added calcium and vitamin D.

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Nutrient values of apple skins only?

Tuesday, November 10th, 2009

Apple skin is a good source of vitamin A, calcium, fiber, and protective phytonutrients.  In fact, many of an apple’s nutrients are found in the skin, therefore it is important not to take the skin off your apples! Learn more about apples in our Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database.

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I have a fruit that I am having trouble identifying. It is greeen and has sharp yellowish hair-like spikes all over it’s surface. It is about the size of a baseball. Any Ideas?

Monday, November 9th, 2009

It sounds like kiwifruit. Please check out our Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Database for photos and nutrition, selection and storage information for over 100 fruits and vegetables.

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Is vitamin K safe while on Cumadin?

Sunday, November 8th, 2009

Coumadin is a drug that helps prevent blood clots from forming in the body. Since Vitamin K works to form blood clots, Coumadin’s job is to decrease the activity of Vitamin K.  In order for Coumadin to work  Read More

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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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