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Which vegetables are easiest to digest?

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010
You are correct that some fruits and vegetables do contain a higher amount of acid. This can affect each person differently. However, eating too many acidic fruits or vegetables is not “bad” for you. If your  Read More
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Is too much acidic fruits bad for you? Ex..strawberry, grapefruit, orange, lemon..?

Monday, March 29th, 2010
Some medical conditions and diseases cause certain foods to be more difficult than others to digest. However, if you are free of these conditions, all fruits and vegetables are equally digestible! So enjoy  Read More
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I am doing a information design project based on “superfruits” and “superfoods,” I was wondering if you had any statistics or percentages linking fruits and vegetables to the prevention of disease, cancer and or other illnesses?

Sunday, March 28th, 2010
There are a number of studies that correlate the consumption of fruits and vegetables with the prevention of disease, certain types of cancer, diabetes, and other illnesses. The bottom line is that we know  Read More
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Many diet foods contain aspartame. I have been told that this sugar substitute can affect people in different ways. Do you feel that it is safe to eat or drink foods that contain it?

Friday, March 26th, 2010
Aspartame has been approved by the FDA and much research has been done on the effects of aspartame on the body. The current findings state “there is no reasonable evidence of possible public health harm.”  Read More
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To cut back on my sugar intake, I use natural stevia products like Truvia and Sun crystals. There is not a lot of research out there on these products, but I don’t want to use artificial sweeteners. What is your take on stevia? Also, if I become pregnant, should I stop using stevia? Thanks!

Friday, March 26th, 2010
First of all, here is some quick information about stevia products:
The Stevia products are produced from a plant known as the stevia plant. The sweetness of these products comes from an ingredient in the  Read More
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Which is better for you veggie and fruit grown on a farm or brought from a store in a can

Thursday, March 25th, 2010

All fruits and vegetables originated from the earth. Both vegetables that are grown on a farm and those that are bought in a store were grown on the earth. Vegetables that are bought in the store were grown  Read More
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Need to know the food resources rich in Iron

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

There are several food sources that are rich in iron, including many vegetables. Oysters, clams, beef, shrimp, sardines, turkey, lentils, spinach, chickpeas, lima beans, and pinto beans are a few good  Read More
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I recently bought the HealthMaster 2000 and love it. Where can I find out about the nutrients in fruits and vegetables?? I have Crohn’s Disease and need to get my fruits and vegs in a liquid form, easier for me to digest them. If you can help me I really appreciate it.Sarah

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

I am glad that you have found a way to enjoy your fruits and vegetables! Check out our Fruit and Vegetable Nutrition Database for the selection, storage, and nutrient information on numerous fruits and vegetables. Keep up the good work and I hope you enjoy your HealthMaster 2000!
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I have four year old twins, the girl eats everything in sight but my son eats almost nothing, I cant get him to eat veg or meat. Everytime I force feed him he makes himself vomit, i have tried charts, rewards even bribes. Have you got any ideas? He lives on cheese toast and noodles!

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

It is sometimes a struggle to get children to eat their recommended amount of fruits and vegetables. Fortunately, you have one child who loves them! As for your son, here are a few ideas:
  1. Add fruits and  Read More
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The USDA recommends consuming 4-5 servings of fruits per day, and 3 cups of milk. According to the diet tracker I am using, I should not exceed 29 grams of sugar per day. But one cup of (fat free lactose free) milk has 12 grams of sugar! Most fruits have 10-15. If each serving of milk or fruit contains 40-50% of my daily allowance of sugar, how can I possibly consume the recommended 7-8 servings? And that doesn’t even account for the sugar in multigrain cereals and breads, and the occasional vegetable with sugar content. I have given up yogurt and almost all fruit and I still rarely am able to stay under that 29 grams of sugar — my breakfast cup of cereal with a cup of milk uses up almost my entire sugar allowance for the day before 8am. What am I doing wrong?

Thursday, March 18th, 2010

I understand that this can be confusing! I think it is great that you are tracking and planning what you are eating! The 29 g of sugar is actually referring to added sugars. Fruits, if they are fresh or do  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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