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Is it true that when you cook veggies they lose all their nutritional value? Is there some kind of chart or comparison page of what the nutritional value is of the raw veggies/fruits compared to when each veggie/fruit is baked/grilled/fried/etc.?

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Some loss of nutrients occurs with cooking (like vitamin C), while other beneficial compounds in fruits or vegetables (like lycopene) are more available to the body because of cooking. Water soluble  Read More
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What is a serving size when measuring fruits and vegetables? Is one apple a serving or two, what about an orange or grapefruit. Veggies, how much broccoli is a serving or carrots. Thanks for your help

Monday, January 31st, 2011
We define one serving of fruit/vegetables as:

  • One medium piece of fruit (1 medium apple or orange)
  • ½ cup cut-up raw or cooked fruit/vegetable
  • ½ cup cooked dry peas, beans, lentils
  • 1 cup leafy greens
  • ¼  Read More
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Can you eat artichokes raw?

Sunday, January 30th, 2011
Artichokes can be eaten raw. Raw artichokes, however, tend to be hard and difficult to eat, therefore most recipes call for them to be cooked. Try them in our Artichoke Ceviche in Belgian Endive recipe.
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What fruit contribution does a 4oz sliced apple bag have?Example: 1/2 apple = 1/2 cup fruit/vegetable

Friday, January 28th, 2011

The easiest way to determine your intake of fruits and vegetable is to measure in cups. Half a cup is equal to 4 oz of fruits or vegetables. You are correct that ½ an apple is equal to approximately ½ a cup  Read More

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What fruits should NOT be stored together? Do some fruits give off gases which spoil other?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011

This document provides a great summary about how and where to store fruits and veggies. See our Fruit & Veggie Database for specific storage recommendations for over 100 fruits and vegetables!

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With the wide variety of apples available in supermarkets, which apples would you recommend as the most nutrient dense?

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
All varieties of apples offer the same nutritional benefits; it’s really a taste preference. This includes being fat free, saturated fat free, cholesterol free, sodium free and an excellent source of fiber. Try our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Apples!
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is there a table or chart showing what time does to the nutrients in fruit and veggies under proper storage? thanks.

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011
The proper storage length for fruits and vegetables is dependent on the form (fresh, frozen, canned, dried and 100% juice) of the fruit or vegetable. Our Fruit & Veggie Storage 101 has a list of the  Read More
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I have a Ninja Blender. I am looking for healthy fruit and veggie recipes to fix for my family.

Sunday, January 23rd, 2011
The great thing about fruits and vegetables is that there are so many great combinations that taste delicious! Try mixing bananas, oranges and strawberries. Add blueberries for a burst of blue or spinach  Read More
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Where can I buy fresh cranberries in CA during Jan.

Saturday, January 22nd, 2011
Cranberries are in season in many part of the United States during the fall months. While most fruits and vegetables are available for purchase in their off seasons, fresh cranberries are one of the few  Read More
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Is organic coconut oil good for you?

Friday, January 21st, 2011
Organic fruits and vegetables have not been proven to be more nutritious for you than traditionally harvested fruits and vegetables. Some have expressed concern that pesticide residues on fruits and  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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