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What vegetables are best for health?

Saturday, February 21st, 2015

Q. Which vegetables included in the diet to increase a healthy life? and which vegetables would be least effective?


A. All vegetables offer a variety of nutrients that fuel the body in many different  Read More

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Do berries contain sodium?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Q. Do berries contain sodium?


A. Berries may have a trace amount of sodium, but usually not enough to include on a food label. Check out our fruit and vegetable database for sodium content levels in a wide variety of produce.

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How much sodium is in meat?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

Q. How much sodium in meat? Which ones?


A. Sodium content in meat varies a lot depending on how it is prepared. If you cook meat without sauces or salt based rubs, then the sodium content  Read More

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How do you soften raisins?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Q. Is there a way to soften raisins?


A. Raisins are dried, therefore they will absorb any liquid that they are cooked or soaked in. Liquid will soften and plump them up. Try making Carrot  Read More

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How much kale is consumed by Californians each year?

Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

Q. How much kale is consumed by California per year? What are the top three states for kale consumption per year?


A. Sorry, but we do not know of any data that would tell us how much kale is consumed per state.

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How do I locate dates on canned produce?

Monday, February 16th, 2015

Q. Cream Style Corn H7MJ152E WHAT DATE IS THIS CODE?


A. The above mentioned code is a way for manufacturers to track a product to know what stores received what shipment. Labels on canned products  Read More

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How many fruits and vegetables do women need?

Friday, February 13th, 2015

Q. How many fruits and vegetables do adult women need who are moderately active during the week? Age 46


A. The minimum suggested daily intake of fruits and vegetables for a 31-50 year old sedentary  Read More

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Is restricting calories a good way to lose unwanted weight?

Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Q. I don’t eat a thousand calories a day. I’m wanting to ask. Do I need to eat more? I gained some weight and trying to loose it. Just trying to find a balance.


A. One thousand calories a day is  Read More

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How should I use giant white radishes (not daikon)?

Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Q. I have these giant white radishes (not daikon), what do I do with them? I thought maybe I could pickle them because there is so many.


A. Any recipe that uses radishes would be acceptable for white  Read More

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What are the benefits of different colored fruits and vegetables?

Tuesday, February 10th, 2015

Q. Do you have a handout that lists the benefits of eating different colored fruits and veggies? Also examples of fruits and veggies from the different color groups? Thank you!


A. We do not have a  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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