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when canning your own fruits and vegetables, how long do they last if the seal DOES NOT get broken ??

Friday, April 30th, 2010
There are several conditions that determine how long your fruits and vegetables are good to eat. These include what fruit or vegetable you are canning, what solution they are being stored in, and if they  Read More
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I saw 2 round charts for each fruits and veggies,when you can turn and see how many calories in each product.(it looks like 2 plates attached to each other in the middle) Your cite was on the back of the charts,so I checked all the links and couldn’t find them. Please,if you can,help me find them on your cite…Thanks

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
These are our Fruits and Veggies Produce Wheels! They are available online and in our catalog in both English and Spanish. If you do not prefer to order them online, you can also request a free copy of our catalog.
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I was told to avoid fruits, dairy products, etc. in the mornings during pregnancy, since I got gestational diabetes. Now, I wonder if it’s o.k. to give all this to my 3 year old for breakfast.

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010
Gestational diabetes is fortunately short lived and the mother’s blood sugar levels return to normal after delivery. However, gestational diabetes increases the risk for the development of Type II diabetes,  Read More
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I like to make protein smoothies with fruit and was wondering should i be using my scale or a measuring cup? My recipes usually call for 8oz. of fruit; which are frozen, and I know there is a difference between the cup and the scale…I’m just not sure which to actually go by. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Using a scale is more accurate at measuring exactly 8 oz. However, if you do not have a scale available, using a measuring cup will suffice. The variation between the amount of fruit measured on the scale  Read More
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Are there additional nutritional benefits to fruits and vegetables not found on the nutrition label?

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Food labels list nutrient values for several key nutrients. These include the calories, serving size, total fat, saturated fat, trans fat, cholesterol, sodium, total carbohydrate, fiber, sugar, protein,  Read More
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Can i grow fruit like strawberries in my Apt? instead of outdoors.

Monday, April 26th, 2010
Strawberries ideally need a large area to grow and approximately 6 hours of direct sunlight each day. Therefore, an apartment would not be the most optimal place to grow strawberries. Visit the Illinois  Read More
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I was hoping to find out how people pick their frozen veges? Is it normally based on price or is brand really important ? Would be so helpful if I could get an answer.. thanks !

Sunday, April 25th, 2010
The method that individuals and families use to choose their fruits and vegetables depends on preference and the individual situation. Since the brand or the price is not always indicative of quality, you  Read More
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In eating onions do they have heath benefits and do colers change the benefits?

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010
Fruits and vegetables, regardless of color, offer numerous benefits. Onions are fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, and very low in sodium. They are also high in vitamin C and a good source of  Read More
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what are some veggies or fruits have a good source of iron and sodium

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Fruits and vegetables tend to be low, very low, or sodium free. Therefore, they would not be a good source of sodium. This is one of the health benefits of fruits and vegetables. A low sodium diet has  Read More

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How do you clean strawberries to get the bugs out of them? I saw it on my computer a week or so ago, and can’t remember what was said.

Friday, April 16th, 2010

When you pick strawberries directly from the farm (which is common this time of year), bugs may be more common than when purchasing strawberries from stores. Strawberries purchased from the store have been  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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