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Is just picked fruit better than fruit that has been sitting in cold storage?

Saturday, April 9th, 2016

Q. What, if any, is the nutritional difference between fruit ripened on the tree or vine and fruit picked and then shipped great distances to  Read More

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Where does Fruits & Veggies More Matters grow corn?

Tuesday, April 5th, 2016

Q. Where does this organization grow corn?


A. Fruits and Veggies More Matters is an educational program only. We do not grow fruit and vegetables for sale.

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Is healthy fiber lost when making smoothies or juicing?

Tuesday, March 29th, 2016

Q. Does juicing/smoothies make insoluble fiber making it useless?


A. Only if the fiber is removed from the juice/smoothie is it useless; the actual  Read More

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What are the benefits of eating dragon fruit?

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2016

Q. I do not see the health benefits of dragon fruit.

A. Dragon fruit is an amazing fruit. However, there is not a lot of research available on this fruit yet that identifies  Read More

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What are the five benefits of eating vegetables?

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016

Q. What are the five benefits of eating vegetables?

A. There are far greater than five health benefits when vegetables are consumed. For starters, better weight control.  Read More

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What fruits and vegetables should someone with allergies avoid?

Monday, March 21st, 2016

Q. I don’t eat much fruit and I have a problem with a runny nose and allergies. Please advise me which fruits will be the best for precaution and to  Read More

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How long can fruits and vegetables be stored?

Saturday, March 19th, 2016

Q. I would like to know how long you can store fruits and vegetables before and after preparation since I have to wait up to two weeks before I can buy anymore  Read More

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What fruit or vegetable starts with the letter ‘X’?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Q. Fruit or vegetable that starts with ‘X’?

A. There are not many produce that start with the letter x, but xigua is one. Xigua is another name for watermelon. There is also ximenia which is a bush that produces a small fruit sometimes referred to as yellow/tallow plum or sea lemon.

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Are grain and vegetable carbs counted the same for a diabetic diet?

Thursday, March 17th, 2016

Q. When you are a diabetic is a grain carb and a veg carb all counted the same when figuring insulin to carb ratio?


A. Yes, all carbs are counted the  Read More

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What is the best tool to shred vegetables and where can I find it?

Wednesday, March 16th, 2016

Q. What is the name of the tool used to shred veggies (Asian tool long used in their kitchens?) and where can I get it?


A. There are a lot of great  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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