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Does microwaving remove the nutrition and enzymes from food?

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

Q: I heard that using the microwave is bad because it kills your food – any nutrition and enzymes. it uses radiation at extremely high temp to heat up your food. so when it’s hot, it’s dead. do an  Read More

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How many fruits and vegetables should I consume per day?

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

Q: How many fruits and veggies do I need a day?

A:  The amount of fruits and vegetables recommended is dependent upon your age, sex and physical activity level.  To make things simple, aim to fill half  Read More

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Will washing grapes before refrigerating them decrease their life?

Wednesday, September 26th, 2012

Q: If I wash and drain grapes before storing in the refrigerator, will this decrease the life of the grapes?

A:  It is very important to wash grapes and other fresh produce before consuming to rid them of  Read More

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Which vegetables contain the most nutrients?

Saturday, September 22nd, 2012

Q: What are de veggies with the most nutrients.

A:  Rather than focus on one particular vegetable, eat a colorful variety of fruits and vegetables every day. Certain color groups are richer in specific  Read More

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Do I need to wash frozen fruits?

Monday, September 17th, 2012

Q: Do I need to wash my frozen blueberries? Bag does not say if washed.

A: Washing fruits and vegetables is important because it gets rid of excess dirt and bacteria.  Although most frozen fruits and  Read More

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What are the side effects of taking Cialis?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Q: What are the side effects of Cialis?

A: It is important to discuss the medications you are taking with the prescribing physician.  If you are in medical distress, call 9-1-1 immediately.

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What do you think of Juice Plus as a way to add more fruits and veggies?

Friday, September 14th, 2012

Q:  What do you think of Juice Plus as a tool to add more fruits and veggies to the diet?

A: Juice Plus is not recommended as an effective supplement to the diet.  For optimal nutritional benefit, your  Read More

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can you freeze celery???

Thursday, September 13th, 2012

Q: Can you freeze celery?

A:  Sure!  Most vegetables maintain high quality for 12 to 18 months (1-1 1/2 years) at 0 degrees F. For the best quality, try and consume your frozen celery as soon as possible.  Try our Celery Stuffed w/Apricot Blue Cheese Spread.

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How many exchange carbs are in a cup of watermelon?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Q:  How many exchange carbohydrates are in a cup of watermelon?

A: 1 ¼ cups of watermelon is equivalent to 1 carbohydrate exchange.

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Is the sugar in fruit bad for you? How many servings per day of fruit should I have?

Wednesday, September 5th, 2012

Q:  Is the sugar in fruits bad for you?  If I am 40 yo, 5’8” and 148 pounds, how many servings of fruit should I consume per day?

A:  It is a common misconception that the sugar in fruits is  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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