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Can frozen corn, corn on the cob, and peas count as vegetables?
Question By: Cindy Patrick, Posted on: Jul 9, 2015
Q. Does frozen corn, corn on the cob, and peas count as vegetables? A. Yes - all forms of fruits and vegetables count towards your daily intake of produce. It can be confusing when you hear that corn and peas are starches. They are thought of as being star... Read More
Do foods high in oxalates interfere with calcium absorption?
Question By: Cindy Patrick, Posted on: Jul 8, 2015
Q. Will eating a food high in oxalates such as spinach with a food high in calcium such as milk keep you from absorbing the calcium in the other food? A. Certain nutrients can interfere with absorption of other nutrients, thus impacting each other’s bioava... Read More
How do you convert grams of powdered vegetables into servings of vegetables?
Question By: Eleanor F, Posted on: Jul 7, 2015
Q. How can I convert grams of powdered vegetables into vegetable servings? A. We do not count dried vegetable powder as a serving of vegetables in part because we are not able to evaluate the nutritional content in a serving of powder to see if it is equival... Read More
Do dried dates have the same nutritional value as fresh dates?
Question By: Mike , Posted on: Jul 7, 2015
Q. Can dates be dried and still hold their nutritional value? A. The moisture content in dates changes when they are dried. When the moisture level decreases, the natural sugar in dates concentrates which increases caloric content. Like other dried fruit w... Read More
Can bananas ripen really fast?
Question By: eilen, Posted on: Jul 7, 2015
Q. Can a banana go from firm yellow to part of it being soft black in 20 minutes? It happened today but no one believes me, I feel stupid. A. The ripening process for bananas can be sped up if heat is present. If you had a banana in a hot car or lying on th... Read More