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Hello,We are working on a grant to get a walk in freezer in one of our elementary schools. I know that nowadays the belief is that canned produce has similar nutrition value as frozen (with the exception of sodium content). When I went to school, we learned that fresh was best, frozen was better and canned was okay. Is there still debate over this? We are looking for ammunition for another reason why we need a walk-in freezer…Thanks,Grennan SimsDistrict DietitianHickman Mills C-1 SchoolsKansas City, MO

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Generally, all forms are considered to be comparable in nutritional value. In some cases, frozen and canned forms have more vitamins and minerals since they are harvested at peak. There is an article that  Read More
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why does broccoli look like “little trees”?

Monday, May 18th, 2009
Broccoli is a plant that belongs to that cabbage family, Brassicaceae. Broccoli possesses green flower heads that are arranged in a tree-like fashion on branches sprouting from a thick, meaty stalk. In fact,  Read More
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what green vegetables are best for detoxinwhat vegetables are best for my health

Saturday, May 16th, 2009
There is no valid scientific research to date that has demonstrated that any food, or green vegetable specifically, has the ability to detoxify the body. All vegetables are good for your health, as they all  Read More
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how come Vinegar isn;t included in the condiment lists?

Friday, May 15th, 2009
I assume that you are referring to “The Well-Stocked Pantry” link on our website. While vinegar may be used as a condiment for some dishes, we chose to include vinegars as a separate section due to the fact that there are many types that can be used in a variety of ways.
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Hi Dr. Pivonka, I am on blood thiners coumadin 3mga day [ Mon-Wed- Fri ] 3 mg and a halfof a 3 mg the other four days, I love to juice Fruits and Veggies, Iwould like to know which Fruits

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Please clarify your question.  Thanks.

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Hi I am a big fan of eating healthy but I am having trouble trying to make a schedule on what the kids should eat for breakfast lunch snack dinner and desser and antoher problem is that they are really skinny so I want them to eat healthy and gain weight, could you provide me some help on makink a schedule for 7 days a week breakfast lunch snack dinner and dessert??? I will be very grateful! thank you

Friday, May 15th, 2009
You will find the help you need at http://www.mypyramid.gov/ . You can plan what everybody should be eating based on their weight, age, height and activity level. You will also find ways to plan healthy meals and snacks.
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i dont eat a lot of carbs and have switched from using table sugar to splenda. in doing so my sugar went from the low 70′s fasting to 100 exact. Is the splenda the reason for the increase in sugar levels? I have not changed anything else in my diet.

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Splenda should not cause an increase in your blood sugar levels. If your fasting levels have increased first thing in the morning, you may need to adjust your night time foods and insulin. Please seek the help of your doctor or dietitian. You can find a dietitian in your area here.
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contrary to everybody else,I eat all day abd do not gain. I am only 87 pd. I would love to gain weight, is there a Nutrition list wich tells me the calories for each listing? I hope you can help

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
Many people would love to have your problem! It is hard to say how much you should weigh and how many calories you need without knowing your height, age, gender and activity level. You can find calorie  Read More
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Do Vitamin C level in foods change when they are rippen??

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Research has shown that vitamin C levels increase in some fruits as they ripen. These include mango, papaya and honeydew. Changes in vitamin C have not been studied in all fruits, but flavor changes  Read More
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Does corn have any nutritional Food vaule?

Tuesday, May 12th, 2009
Corn has many benefits! Corn’s contribution to heart health lies not just in its fiber, but in the significant amounts of folate that corn supplies. Corn is also a good source of thiamin, which is important  Read More
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