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Bananas contain sugar, but like all fruit, can be included in a diabetic diet. You can see our response to including fruit in a diabetic diet in our Frequently Asked Questions.
 
 
The amount of carbohydrate you need per day will depend on a number of factors including your calorie requirements, blood sugar control, medications etc. You should consult a registered dietitian or certified diabetes educator who can help you with meal planning. A registered dietitian can be found at www.eatright.org, or your physician or local hospital may be able to recommend someone. 
Drinking carrot juice is not a problem for people with thyroid problems. However, it does contain carbohydrate and should be considered when planning meals for diabetes.
 
Yes, you can freeze morel mushrooms. Here is a website with guidelines for freezing morels: http://www.thegreatmorel.com/recipes2.html
 
Your best bet is to include a variety of fruits each day based on what you enjoy, what is within your budget, and what is in season. 
 
No, this is not at all true. It is fine to eat fresh carrots with other vegetables, such as in a salad or in a stir-fry.
 
If your pediatrician recommended that you try to increase your child’s food intake of potassium, there are many high potassium foods that you might try. Depending on your child’s age, she may not be old enough to eat foods of different textures, shapes, and sizes. However, many high potassium foods can be mashed and fed to your child. Although your child does not care for bananas or vegetables, continue to introduce her to these foods. It may take several introductions before she will readily consume them. Additionally, you can mash and mix these foods with applesauce or other foods that are more desirable to her. Both bananas and potatoes are a great source of potassium. Try to feed your child mashed potatoes, or mashed winter squash – another good source of potassium. Plain skim yogurt and milk, tomato sauce, and prune juice also contain potassium. Try to incorporate some of these foods into your child’s diet.
 
Because I am unsure of the exact requirements of your project, I may not be able to fully answer your questions. However, I can explain my qualifications a nutrition expert and offer suggestions for your healthy eating topic. I am a Registered Dietitian with a doctorate in food and nutrition science. As a Registered Dietitian, I have worked to advocate the benefits of fruits and vegetables to promote better health. I regularly communicate with policy makers, legislators, regulators, academia and industry about nutrition policy and programs. As a suggestion for your project, consider researching the benefits of fruits and vegetables in the diet. Information can be found on our website at http://www.fruitsandveggiesmorematters.org/?page_id=1477.
 
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has an online nutrient database. To find the sugar and carbohydrate content of a particular food, visit this website: http://www.nal.usda.gov/fnic/foodcomp/search. You can submit your food to search for it on the database. Your search will generate a list of options, and you can select the most appropriate choice and click “submit.” Next, select the description that fits your food and click “submit” to obtain the nutrition information about that food.
 

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All sources of fruit, including fresh, canned, dried, frozen, and 100% juice, will contain many nutritional benefits. The fiber content may be lower in the juice, as you consume more skin and pulp (the fiber-rich parts of the fruit) when you consume the whole fruit. However, 100% juice is a great and convenient way to consume the beneficial vitamins and nutrients in fruits.
 
Sources: USDA database, mypyramid.gov, mayoclinic
 
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