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Will a diet high in fruits and vegetables cause diabetes?

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012

Q: Can you get diabetes from eating only fruits and vegetables?

A: Fruits and vegetables actually help to prevent type II diabetes.  They also help to reduce the risk of coronary heart disease, stroke, and  Read More

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Where can I find the nutrition information for morel mushrooms?

Sunday, August 19th, 2012

Q: Please tell me the source of your nutrition value of morels. I need it for class project.

A: The nutrition information for morel mushrooms can be found in our fruit & vegetable nutrition database.

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Are apples considered a good source of vitamin C?

Friday, August 17th, 2012

Q: Why are apples not listed as a good source of vitamin C in your list of fruits and vegetables?

A: Apples are an excellent source of dietary fiber, containing 20% of the daily value of fiber.  They  Read More

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Any tips for growing vegetables indoors?

Monday, August 13th, 2012

Sure. Check out the Virginia Cooperative Extension’s website for great tips on growing fruits and vegetables indoors!

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Are there certain vegetables that have optimal planting times in July & August in Texas?

Friday, August 10th, 2012

Check out Texas A & M AgriLife Extension’s website offers a comprehensive chart on the best vegetables to grow outdoors in Texas and the optimal time to plant each.  Visit our Fruit and Vegetable  Read More

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How Do You Cook Asparagus?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Asparagus is delicious steamed with a pinch of salt, pepper, and a squeeze of fresh lemon.  Please see our Top 10 Ways to Enjoy Asparagus  for creative uses for this delicious vegetable.  Also, visit our page on Asparagus for information on selection, storage, and nutrition benefits.

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What is the phenylalanine count in the yucca root?

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Q: How do I find the phenylalanine count in the yucca root. My grandson has to have a very low protein diet.

A: We are unaware of a database that provides the phenylalanine content of fruits or  Read More

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Got a good list of snack foods for teens?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

The following recipes are perfect for busy, and growing, teenagers:

Tropical Fruit Snacking Cup

Very Veggie Snack Pizza

Fruity Peanut Butter Dip

Bean and Cheese Quesadilla

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Is fasting a safe way to lose weight?

Tuesday, August 7th, 2012

Q: I recently watched a documentary about healthy living by the BBC. They said that fasting for about four days at a time is a good way to lose weight and lower the production of IGF-1 hormone that  Read More

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Can ginger root be frozen?

Sunday, August 5th, 2012

Yes, ginger root can be frozen, which is an excellent way to keep fresh ginger.  If you purchase a large root, cut it into small pieces then place the pieces into Ziploc freezer bags.  When ready to use,  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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