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Is it okay to eat fruit from a diseased tree?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
 

Q. Hi, my chokecherry has black knot disease. Is the fruit safe to eat? Thanks.

 

A. Black knot affects the tree and not the fruit; however I am not an expert in horticulture. It would be wise to inquire  Read More

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Where can I find ‘Smarter Snacking’ brochures?

Monday, August 3rd, 2015
 

Q. Hello, I was hoping it is possible to get Smart Snacking brochures for my students and parents because I like to hand it out during home visits?

 

A. In June of last year,  Read More

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What is the best way to ripen a mango?

Saturday, August 1st, 2015
 

Q. What is the best way to ripen Mangos?

 

A. A mango is ready to eat when the skin color changes from being all green. As mangos ripen they turn yellow, orange, red and purple or any combination of  Read More

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What is the best vegetable for a flat stomach?

Thursday, July 30th, 2015
 

Q. What is the best vegetable for a flat stomach?

 

A. Managing body weight is the best approach to control the accumulation of fat around the belly. Consuming recommended  Read More

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Is butter lettuce easy to digest for people with intestenial disorders?

Monday, July 27th, 2015
 

Q. Is Butter lettuce (Bibb or Boston) easier on the digestive tract for people who can’t eat a lot of fiber because of IBS or spastic colon?

 

A. Butter lettuce may be easier for some people to digest  Read More

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Is fat needed for vitamin absorption?

Friday, July 24th, 2015
 

Q. Is it important to eat some kind of fat or oil with vegetables in order for them to be absorbed? If so, what is best?

 

A. Fat soluble vitamins (A, D, E, and K) will absorb better when fat is consumed  Read More

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How Can I Obtain ‘Locally Grown’ Posters?

Monday, July 20th, 2015
 

Q. How can I obtain two packs of the Locally Grown apple posters (9×11) from the fruits?

 

A. Please check with your grocer/market to find how to get posters.

 
 
 
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Can frozen corn, corn on the cob, and peas count as vegetables?

Thursday, July 9th, 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  Read More

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Do foods high in oxalates interfere with calcium absorption?

Wednesday, July 8th, 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  Read More

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How do you convert grams of powdered vegetables into servings of vegetables?

Tuesday, July 7th, 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  Read More

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