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How long can you eat commercial pickled beets after they have been opened and kept in the refrigerator?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

If they are truly “pickled” beets in a sweetened vinegar brine, you can treat them as you would a jar of pickles.  The “pickling” process acts as a preservative.  Nevertheless, I would still try to use them within a couple of months once they are opened.

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Is it better to count calories or carbs?

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

It is important to get a well balanced diet. Several studies have tested the theories about which type of diet (e.g. high protein, high fat, low fat, high carbohydrate, low carbohydrate, etc.) is most  Read More

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My mother is 80 years old with a normal to slightly high blood pressure. We have controlled that with medication.The problem is that she is having leg cramps, when she drinks gatorade that helps — but her doctor has said no gatorade because of sodium.The doctor would like for her to control this with diet, but the only solution she has given us is for mother to eat a banana a day.This gets OLD and has not been working for the leg cramps.Do you have a suggestion because we would like to control the leg cramps with diet if possible.Mother thinks she eats enough in a day because she usually eats a larger breakfast — but then nothing until around 4 pm which then it is a baked potato or soup or ….Can you help before we have to go to another medication.We would at least like to try something using food.Thanks,Yvonne (a concerned daughter)

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

Hello Yvonne,

You seem to have a lot of questions and I will do my best to answer them as completely as possible. As for the leg cramps I am assuming that your doctor told your mother to consume a banana a  Read More

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I need a listing of food high in iron and fiber

Monday, January 11th, 2010

Your best choice is legumes! Legumes include peas, beans (like kidney, chick peas, etc.), lentils, soy, and peanuts. Not only do legumes offer a large amount of fiber (approximately 5 g for ½ cup serving)  Read More

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I need to know the nutritional values I should be eating a day in grams and milagrams. Like, how many fat grams a day,and sat. fat grams, how many carbs., how much sodium,protien. Should I do it by meal or the total count per day. It will really help if I can get this info. Thanks ahead.

Sunday, January 10th, 2010

The best way for your to determine your total calorie, protein, fat, saturated fat, protein, carbohydrate, and sodium needs would be to use the free tools at MyPyramid.gov. Here you can receive a meal plan  Read More

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What should I look for on the food label for canned veggies? How much sodium is too much? This is for a CHF

Friday, January 8th, 2010

You should strive to have 2400 mg of sodium or less per day.  Canned vegetables (and many canned foods) contain sodium due to preservation methods. Low sodium foods are classified as foods containing less  Read More

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After a bout with Uteran cancer and chemo therapy, I can’t seem to GAIN weight. My doctor says to eat anything I want. All sweets do is put FAT on my hips and not weight. I’m 5’6″ and weigh 105 lbs. I also have a very frame. I am an Ovo Lacto vegitarian so I don’t eat pork or red meat. What would a dietitian recommend for me?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

If you are looking for way to add calories to your diet, I would suggest adding in two to three healthy snacks a day to your regular meals and then eating a bit more during your regular meals. Snacks could  Read More

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What’s better, apples or bananas? Thanks

Friday, January 8th, 2010

All fruits and vegetables are great for your health.  By choosing a spectrum of colors of fruits and vegetables each day, you are including a wide variety of nutrients in your diet. Check out our Fruit &  Read More

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Do you eat the seeds and flesh of the Cherimoya?

Friday, January 8th, 2010

Do NOT eat the skin or the seeds of cherimoyas. They are ready to eat when they are slightly soft like a ripe avocado. Slice the fruit in wedges and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Check out our Fruits & Vegetable Nutrition Database for more storage information about cherimoyas.

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When I buy lettuce in the bag (romaine hearts, not pre cut) it generally says that the bag was packed at least 10 days prior to the day that I’m in the store.I know veggies lose their nutrients after a point. How do I actually know how old the lettuce really is and if the vitamins haven’t degraded?

Thursday, January 7th, 2010

In general this is not something you should be concerned about. You should select lettuce that is bright, has crisp leaves, and no brown spots. The key to determining if there has been a decrease in the  Read More

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