ORGANIC PRODUCE

My neighbor claims that organically grown fruit and vegetables are safer than others, and taste better too. Are they really worth the extra money? People buy organic produce for many reasons and only you can decide which factors will or will not make it worth spending any extra money on them. Organic fruit and vegetables …

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CANNED AND FROZEN

I find frozen and canned vegetables very convenient-but are they as nutritious as fresh ones? Frozen vegetables are a good substitute fro fresh produce-they are processed quickly after harvest (within two-an-half-hours in the case of peas) which means that vitamin losses are kept to a minimum. Provided they are correctly stored, frozen vegetables have a …

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FIBER SUPPLEMENTS

If fiber is such an important part of the diet, should I consider taking supplements? It is probably not a good idea, for several reasons. Though fiber pills are sold widely as laxatives and slimming aids, not enough is known about the fiber components of food and how they work to be able to say …

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MAKING TH ADDJUSTMENT

I’m trying to include more fiber in my diet, but I’ve come up against an embarrassing problem-wind. Is there any way around this, or should I cut back on offending foods such as beans, broccoli and cabbage? Increasing the fiber in your diet is a very positive step to take, so don’t be put off …

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WHAT FIBER DOES

What exactly is ‘dietary fiber’ and why is it supposed to be so good for you? The term dietary fiber does not refer to any single substance but rather to all the edible but largely indigestible parts of plant foods such as grains, fruits, vegetables and pulses. Technically, these substances are known as non-starch polysaccharides, …

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