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Can you eat too much fruit when that is the main course of your meal along with vegetables for lunch and dinner? I eat little meat at dinner time/ Thanks

Saturday, April 30th, 2011
When it comes to fruits and veggies—MORE matters! You should be focusing your meals and snack around fruits and vegetables, so you’re on the right track! Fill Half-Your-Plate with fruits and vegetables at  Read More
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will dried fruit and vegetable be better for a diabetes that can not control her sugar.

Friday, April 29th, 2011
All fruits and vegetables help to control blood sugar levels. It is specifically the fiber in fruits and vegetables that helps to maintain stable blood sugar levels. It is a common misconception that  Read More
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what would be eating squash and bell pepper plants? eats the tops and all is left is the stems and I never see any thing doing it!

Friday, April 29th, 2011
If all that is left is the stem of the plant, it is likely an animal versus an insect.  If it were an insect, such as aphids, some of the leaves would still be present and an insect would eat the plant over  Read More
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Which fruits and vegetables are good for..1. Digestion2. Stress/Emotional Health3. Energy4. Sleep

Monday, April 25th, 2011
Not one specific fruit or vegetable does each of these effects, but all fruits and vegetable can promote these! Fruits and veggies are full of fiber and water which promotes healthy digestion as well as  Read More
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Thank you very much for answering my recent question, I really appreciate it!! (?We recently bought a juicer and have been using it daily for fresh juice. To determine calories we add all the fruits/vegetables together and divide by the glasses we pour. My question is whether or not you use the entire calorie count for each fruit/vegetable used since the juicer only extracts the liquid and discards the rest? thanks for your help.)I have a follow up question to this, if i may. Is there a way for me to calculate the calories for the juice I’m making? Thank you in advance for your help!

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011
First of all, I am glad we were able to help! Determining calories when using a juicer can be a little tricky. I would use a general rule that half a cup of 100% juice (4 oz) is equal to approximately 60  Read More
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Are peanuts or nuts considered a fruit or vegetable? If not, what food category are they under?

Sunday, April 10th, 2011
Peanuts are considered neither a fruit nor a vegetable. They are considered a nut and are part of the protein group in the food pyramid. All foods made from meat, poultry, fish, dry beans or peas, eggs,  Read More
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Are steam cooking bags safe? Plastics can be unsafe when heated. Teflon is very unsafe for cooking because heat releases toxins from the plastic. What are steamer bags made of and are they safe? PTFE or other chemicals that are harmful?? I am a cancer patient and I have to be very careful. Are microwave bags safe? Thank You

Friday, April 8th, 2011
Only use cookware that is specially manufactured for use in the microwave oven. Glass, ceramic containers, and all plastics that are safe to use usually will be labeled for microwave oven use. According the  Read More
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I was always told that when starting seeds indoors that combining Vermiculite particles with the potting soil was crucial. What exactly is vermiculite, and what role does it play in growing seedlings? Just how “crucial” is it?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
My first reaction is that seeds have been growing for ages without vermiculite, indoor and out, but since you asked we looked it up. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, vermiculite is “a  Read More
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I cut up 5 oranges every night, and eat them, is that safe and nutrition.

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011
All fruits, including oranges, and vegetables are nutritious for you! While eating oranges is nutritious for you and 5 every night shouldn’t be a problem, it is also important to remember to eat a variety  Read More
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Hi,I am a child nutrition coordinator in a K-8 school District. Our 3-5 grade school has a wellness team. The students will soon be adding nutrition info to the morning annoncments. Looking for “commercials” — . Can you assit?

Monday, April 4th, 2011
Many of our toolkits provide consumer columns, ad-slicks, and radio scripts which may be useful to you for your morning announcements. You can also use any of the information provided on our kid’s section  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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