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Go Avocado!
Created on 7/8/2014
The humble avocado is actually a nutrient-packed fruit that can be a tasty addition to most any recipe.

Most people already enjoy guacamole -

and there are many more ways to include avocados in your meal plan.

They're easy to use, they taste good, and -

they're good for you! Read More>>
Grapefruit with Statins - No Go?
Created on 7/3/2014
Many people drink juice with their breakfast, maybe even throughout the day.

Some of those folks favor grapefruit juice.

And some of them are also taking statin medication to help lower unhealthy cholesterol levels.

They should probably choose another type of juice -

grapefruit can interfere with how certain medications are handled in the body. Read More>>
Prevent Type 2 Diabetes - Eat Fruit?
Created on 9/4/2013
Fruit contains sugar.

Blood sugar levels can be a problem if they get and remain elevated.

So, you shouldn't eat fruit????? NO - that's not the messagel.

Be prudent if you have diabetes -

and know that eating some forms of fruit may help prevent type 2 diabetes. Read More>>
Produce - Fresh or Frozen?
Created on 7/19/2013
When it comes to vegetables and fruits, fresh is always better than frozen, right? Not so. Frozen produce packs almost as much, if not just as much, nutritional benefit as the freshly picked variety. And you can get some of your favorite seasonal produce out of season when you visit the frozen foods section. Read More>>
Veggies or Fruit, or Both?
Created on 7/5/2013
Fruits and vegetables...

Fruits and vegetables...

We hear the words all the time. And we all know these foods are important.

But for optimal health we probably should be saying "Vegetables and fruits"... Read More>>
Veggies, Fruit, or Both?
Created on 7/5/2013
Fruits and vegetables...

Fruits and vegetables...

We hear the words all the time. And we all know these foods are important.

But for optimal health we probably should be saying "Vegetables and fruits"... Read More>>
Veggies or Fruit?
Created on 7/5/2013
Fruits and vegetables... Fruits and vegetables... We hear the words all the time. And we all know these foods are important. But for optimal health we probably should be saying "Vegetables and fruits"... Read More>>
Berries or Biotics for Urinary Tract Infections?
Created on 8/19/2011
People frequently use cranberry products to help prevent urinary tract infections (UTIs).

Results from a recent study suggest that antibiotics are superior to cranberries for preventing UTIs. BUT...

those taking antibiotics were at significant risk of creating antibiotic-resistant bacteria...

and cranberries were still fairly effective at protecting against the infection. And they taste WAY better. Read More>>
Grapefruit is Great - But Maybe Not With Your Medications
Created on 1/14/2011
Grapefruit is delicious, and many of us enjoy it along with breakfast in the morning. But if you take medication on a regular basis it's important to tell your pharmacist and doctor if you regularly eat grapefruit.

Grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interfere with the metabolism of certain medications, causing their concentration in your bloodstream to rise significantly. This could prove dangerous in some instances.

Be safe and be sure - ask your doctor and pharmacist if it's okay to enjoy grapefruit while on your medication. Read More>>
"Berry, Berry Good?"
Created on 8/18/2009
"The best antioxidant EVER!" "Drink your fruits!"

The ads for juices from fruits like acai, mangosteen and pomegranate practically yell at us, and there's probably a good marketing reason for this - with rare exception, there's no suggestion that drinking the juice of any of these fruits is better for you than the fruits you currently enjoy eating at a much lower price.

The juice of these fruits does provide antioxidant activity, but the health data are only compelling for pomegranate. Better to eat the fruit of things you already enjoy like blackberries, blueberries, kiwi and watermelon. Read More>>
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