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I have been told to limit simple sugars (aka simple carbs?) Is it OK to have fruit? Which fruits and veggies contain the most complex carbs?

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009
Many fruit contain sugar which,  as you noted, is a simple carbohydrate. Fruits that are lower in sugar include avocado (0g in 1oz.), strawberries (8g in 8 medium strawberries), tangerines (9g in 1 medium),  Read More
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How do I freeze garden fresh veggies?

Monday, July 20th, 2009
There are many recipes for freezing vegetables. You may want to google “freezing vegetables” and choose a university or government site (ends in .edu or .gov). Enjoy your garden produce!
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Thank you for your quick response.Still, what is the major benefit(s) that you get from the liquid in the coconut (riped or unriped).I checked your USDA database but the table is too much for comprehession.can you just simplify it by stating the major benefits of it?Thank you as you do that.

Monday, July 20th, 2009

Coconut water is found mainly in green coconuts and is sometimes used for fluid replacement in developing countries. One cup of coconut water contains more than 10% of the daily value for vitamin C,  Read More

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please,what is the nutritional value of riped and unriped cocoa nut and the water found iside the nut.and you please, give more light on the water/juice in the nut?thank you

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

I am assuming you mean ‘coconuts’ vs. cocoa nut, which do not have liquid inside. You can find information on the coconut and coconut water inside at the USDA nutrient database.

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Is the watermelon ripe when I buy it?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

Most fruits are picked when ripe or nearly ripe.  You can visit our Fruit and Nutrition Database and Video Center to see how to select a ripe melon.

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when making salads, what should the lettuce, spinach, etc weigh to make a serving of vegetables?

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

One pound of spinach, partly trimmed should yiled about 7-8 servings of 1 cup raw, and about 3-4 servings of 1/2 cup cooked.  One pound of leaf lettuce, untrimmed, should yiled about 5 servings of 1 cup each.  One pound of salad mix would yield about 6 servings of 1 cup each. 

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how to cook collard greens

Saturday, July 11th, 2009

You can see a basic recipe in our Cooking section.  Ingredients can be altered according to your taste.

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On our tropical island, we grow a lot of bok choy, kang kong (a water-grown green leafy veg), okra, and eggplant. I cannot find bok choy or kang kong in the USDA nutrient database. Are these leafy greens high in iron like spinach?

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

Bok choy is in the cabbage family, and nutrition information can be found in the USDA nutrient database by entering cabbage as a search term.  For kang knog, some nutrition information was available at http://www.ku.ac.th/AgrInfo/fruit/veget/v31.html.

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is bad for you to leave an open can of fruit in the refrigerator?

Wednesday, July 8th, 2009

The fruit can still be consumed within a day or two after opening, but it may take on a metallic taste from the can being exposed to the air.

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Dear Dr. Pivonka:I am a doctoral student at U of Ct focused on child obesity. What creative ways are there to motivate usage of fruits and veggies among kids. Most stores in cities here dont have fruits and veggies for sale at all, no supermarkets. best, david

Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

We offer tips for parents on this website in the ‘Get Kids Involved’ section.  You can also check out our resources for teachers and health professionals at www.pbhfoundation.org

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