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This is true that some of the nutrients and phytochemicals are destroyed when they are exposed to high heat. However, some nutrients actually are more readily absorbed by the body after being cooked. For example, lycopene, which exists in tomatoes and other red fruits and vegetables, is actually absorbed better after the fruit or vegetable has been cooked. Our focus is to promote the consumption of fruits and vegetables—in all forms. The most important thing is for people to enjoy fruits and vegetables anyway that they like to eat them. Making sure you are eating your recommended fruit and vegetable intake—no matter what form—is the most important thing! See our recipe database for delicious recipes including our favorite fruits and vegetables!
This is a great question! However, one fruit is not superior to another fruit. Each fruit and vegetable has a unique make-up of vitamin, minerals and phytochemicals that makes them all equally beneficial to you! This is the reason that it is important to eat a rainbow of colors. Doing so gives your body the greatest variety of vitamins, minerals and phytochemicals that it needs. Try to include all the different color groups in your meals each and every day. Try these simple tips to help you eat a rainbow each day!
All forms of fruits and veggies are good for you! This includes canned as well as fresh, frozen, dried and 100% juice. Therefore, giving your daughter canned fruit is a healthy option. When it comes to canned fruit look for fruits that are canned in light syrup or 100% juice. Fruits that are canned in heavy syrups tend to have more added sugar which provides unnecessary calories. Several varieties of fruit cups combine fruit with gelatin (jello) and other added sweeteners as well.  Try adding canned fruit to low-calorie jello instead if she likes her fruit in jello. Read the ingredient list to determine if there has been any sweetener added to the canned fruit or fruit cups. Choose varieties with the least amount of added sugars. Try our Top 10 Fruits Snacks for Kids for more ideas!
There are three different types of tomato blight. However, since this is occurring on your tomatoes during late August/early September, the black spots on your tomatoes are most likely a disease known as late blight. Late blight affects both the leaves and tomato. Cool, wet weather encourages the formation of this fungus. The symptoms include: greasy looking, irregularly shaped gray spots on leaves, a ring of white mold can develop around the spots, blackened areas may appear on the stems, and/or the tomato also develops large, irregularly shaped, greasy gray spots. Contact your Local Extension Office for more information. As for prevention of tomato blight, the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension has information on diagnosing which type of blight your plant is experiencing and how to prevent it! Try our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Tomatoes!
Tooth decay can occur at any age. It can occur whenever food remains on the teeth after eating. The food that is left on the teeth is eaten by bacteria which produces an acid. This acid combines with food debris, and saliva and forms plaque on your teeth. The plaque contains acids that dissolve the enamel of the teeth which causes holes in the teeth (cavities). An increase in tooth decay over the yeas has been linked to the increased consumption of beverages with added sugars (such as soda). Since many people do not brush their teeth just after consuming a sugary beverage, and this can lead to an increase in the amount of plaque that forms on their teeth that can lead to a cavity. Oral hygiene and food choices are the two most important factors when it comes to preventing tooth decay. For information on tooth decay visit the American Dental Association.
There is no doubt about it, children can be very hard to feed! I know that you may be concerned about your daughter gaining weight, but during this time of her life it is important for you to encourage her to have a good relationship with food. If she only seems to like eating meat and bread at this time, teach her about moderation and portion sizes. When it comes to fruits and veggies, you could try taking her to the grocery store and having her pick out a new fruit or vegetable she would like to try, or try adding a small amount of a fruit or vegetable into a dish that she already enjoys. Remember that your daughter learns primarily by example, so if you consume more whole grain foods, fruits and vegetables, she may eventually be persuaded to do the same. Don’t give up and try some of our tips for getting picky eaters to eat their fruits and veggies! In time she will learn to love fruits and veggies!  
That’s wonderful! We do too! Try our Top 10 Fruit Snacks!
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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