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Hello, I have Factor V leiden chromosome defect. I am overweight and find it impossible to eat fruit

Sunday, November 29th, 2009

If you are having trouble finding fruits that taste good to you, please check out our Fruit and Vegetable Recipe Search for some ideas on how you can incorporate fruits and veggies into other recipes. There  Read More

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What are the nutritional differences between yams and sweet potatoes? I was under the impression that the deeper the color of the vetetable, the more nutritious it is, but my sister heard on TV news clip, that sweet potatoes are more nutritious than yams. Can you help?

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Supermarkets often label orange-colored sweet potatoes as "yams," causing much confusion between the two. Compared to sweet potatoes, yams are actually starchier and drier. Actual yams do not contain vitamin  Read More

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I would like to know what is the best way to start if you wan to eat more like a vegetarian. I am diabetic and want to eat healthier but because I do not have an income it is hard to but things and I do not live in an area where I can get fresh foods a readily as others. I just want to get help so I do not die before my time. So could you please help me. Thanks

Friday, November 27th, 2009

When following a vegetarian diet, it is important to include good sources of non-animal proteins such as beans (like kidney beans), nuts, soy and whole grains. Vitamin and mineral fortification helps in  Read More

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I have a bad habit of needing to snack at my desk. If I have a bag of baby carrots at my desk and snack on them. will I take in to many calories.

Friday, November 27th, 2009

No, you will not take in too many calories by eating a bag of baby carrots.  Snacking on fruits and vegetables throughout the day is a great way to get important nutrients in your diet.  A half cup of  Read More

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Do the shells of nuts (ie. sunflower seed shell) have nutritional value or just the nut itself, and if yes, how much?

Friday, November 27th, 2009

Nuts are great sources of fiber, protein, and healthy fats.  Normally, the shell should be taken off the nut prior to eating.  The shell acts as a protective covering for the nut and should not be eaten.  Check out our Nut Nutrition Database for more nutritional information on nuts.

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how can i get your free distributes? as Magazines?

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Click here to sign up for our free bi-weekly Fruits & Veggies—More Matters Newsletter.

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how to cook a nutrition food for a lunch?

Thursday, November 26th, 2009

Check out our Top 10 Healthy Ways to Cook Fruits & Vegetables and our Fruit and Vegetable Recipe Database for help on cooking healthy meals.

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I’m starting a diet that limits my intake for 3 days at a time. One of the items that are allowed are beets. I’m not much of a beet eater. What do you suggest as a substitute for beets?

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Beets are a type of root vegetable and are a great source of folate and antioxidants.  Other root vegetables include carrots, jimacas, parsnips, radishes, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, and turnips.  As far as  Read More

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Can I freeze peeled bananas for a later use for banana bread

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

Yes but be sure to put the peeled bananas in freezer bags or to wrap them in plastic wrap.  When you are ready to use the bananas, remove them from the freezer and thaw them in the refrigerator.  They will  Read More

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hi! i just have a few questions about tomatoes for a project i’m doing at school.-does salt in soil affect the growth of tomato plants? -what tomaotos harvest fruit the fastest? thankyou!

Saturday, November 21st, 2009

There is salt present in many fertilizers that are used to grow tomato plants.  When planting tomato plants, it is important that the fertilizer is deep underneath the plant, otherwise the salts in the  Read More

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