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Is eating raw butternut squash safe?

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

Q: My husband (who just had  a bout with H.Pylori) is still calling Dr on phone about issues and I noticed he is eating Butternut squash but raw…is this ever recommended? Never heard of such a thing.I cant  Read More

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What’s the best way to store garden fresh peppers and cucumbers?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Q: Is it best to store green peppers and cucumbers fresh out of the garden at room temperature or in the refrigerator?

A: See our quick storage information sheet.  These should be stored at room  Read More

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Do carrots turn to sugar once metabolized in your body?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Q: A friend is on a diet that limits carrots.  They say they turn to sugar.  I have never heard of carrots being unhealthy.  Is there any truth to that.

A: Carrots are comprised mainly of  Read More

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What foods help with inflammation?

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Q: What foods help ease or rid the body of aches and pains inflammation soreness and stiffness, thanks in advance.

A: Several foods can help ease inflammation, stiffness, and muscle soreness.   Here are a  Read More

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How can I eat fruits and keep my blood sugar at a safe level?

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Q: How can I get the nutrition I need if fruits elevate my blood sugar level and carbohydrates are bad for me?

A: You can eat a wide variety of fruits while still safely maintaining your blood sugar.  The  Read More

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Are there any fruits/vegetables that enhance the effects of Coumadin? What fruits/vegetables are high in vitamin K?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Q: Where can I find a listing of the amount of Vitamin K in different vegetables and fruit? I am on coumadin, a blood thinner.Vitamin K counteracts the blood thinner. Are their some fruits and/or vegetables  Read More

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Is there a way to prevent garlic odor from seeping through my skin?

Thursday, July 12th, 2012

Q: I love garlic to flavor foods and roasted garlic with pasta and a little margarine is good. However,how do I prevent the odor of garlic coming through  my skin?

A: When fresh garlic is cut, a reaction  Read More

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What fruits and vegetables are high in potassium?

Tuesday, July 10th, 2012

Q: I have high blood pressure and need to keep my potassium up what  is the best fruit veggies to eat?

A: Vegetable juice, tomato/tomato products, potatoes (sweet and white), peanut butter, milk, prunes,  Read More

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How can I include more whole grains in my family’s diet?

Monday, July 9th, 2012

Q: I like that the kids recipe for Technicolor Veggie Pizza has a lot of veggies, but shouldn’t your web site also promote using whole grains?  How about revising recipe to use whole grain bread?  Past a  Read More

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Will a honeydew melon continue to ripen once cut?

Saturday, July 7th, 2012

Q: Will a honeydew continue to ripen and get sweeter after cutting? The one I have is not sweet at all.

A: Honeydew melons will continue to ripen for several days once picked.  Ripe honeydew melons should  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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