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What is the red coloring around the “eyes” of yukon gold potatoes?

Friday, December 12th, 2014

Q. What is the red coloring on Yukon gold potatoes around the “eyes”? thank you!


A. The pink/red color around the eyes of Yukon gold potatoes is a  Read More

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How nutritious is spaghetti squash?

Sunday, November 30th, 2014

Q. How many calories, carbs, sugar, is in spaghetti squash?


A. One cup of spaghetti squash has 40 calories, 10 grams of carbohydrates, and 4 grams of sugar. Spaghetti squash is fat free and one  Read More

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How many fruits and vegetables should be in my diet?

Saturday, November 29th, 2014

Q. My diet should include 1/3 raw fruits and veggies. How is 1/3 measured?


A. The US Dietary Guidelines recommend that you fill half your plate with fruits and  Read More

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Where can I purchase cardoons?

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

Q. Hello, I am looking for cleaned, frozen and packaged cardoons to batter and fry. Can you please tell me if you know of cardoons sold this way at any grocery store or on line? Thank you.


A. Fresh  Read More

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How many fruits and vegetables should I eat in a day?

Sunday, November 23rd, 2014

Q. How much vegetables and fruit should I eat?


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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What fruits and vegetables help prevent constipation?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Q. What are the fruit or vegetable, that best help prevent constipation?


A. All fruits and vegetables contain some degree of fiber which helps to prevent constipation. Fruits and veggies with edible  Read More

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Do you provide coupons for your products?

Sunday, November 16th, 2014

Q. How can I get coupons for your products? My husband is retired and we are on a limited income. Recently our daughter and grand daughter had to move back in and things are really tough here. Please, can  Read More

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Is it safe to eat canned foods after the “use by” date?

Friday, November 14th, 2014

Q. Is it safe to use canned mushrooms after the “Best By” date on the can, and, if so, how far? The date on the 5 cans that I have is 7 months past date.


A. According to the USDA Food Inspection  Read More

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What is your favorite book for nutrition information?

Thursday, November 13th, 2014

Q. What is your favorite book as a source of interesting nutrition information?


A. What dietitian’s find interesting, you may not. As nutrition professionals, we collect nutrition facts from current  Read More

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Are black eyed peas a vegetable or bean?

Sunday, November 9th, 2014

Q. My friend is upset because black eyed peas are stocked in the military commissaries in the vegetable section instead with regular canned beans. In the military category  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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