Dole Nutrition Institute

Our Mission

The link between food and health promises to be one of the biggest challenges - and opportunities - of the 21st century. What we eat should give life, not take it. Yet, for the first time in our nation's history, poor diet and inactivity are projected to overtake smoking as the leading cause of preventable death. Diets high in refined sugar, processed carbohydrates, saturated and trans-fats add up to too many calories, and too few nutrients.

At the same time, science is rapidly discovering new compounds in fruits and vegetables with the potential to prevent disease and lengthen life. What’s more, while fad diets come and go, countless studies have confirmed that diets rich in fruits and vegetables are the key to losing weight.

The Dole Nutrition Institute was founded to help propagate such information. As chairman of the world's largest provider of fresh fruit and vegetables, David H. Murdock wanted to go beyond offering healthy products. His mission: to cultivate the seeds of knowledge and provide the public with definitive, easily accessible, scientifically-validated information on nutrition and health.

To bring you a cornucopia of useful information, the Dole Nutrition Institute harvests the latest findings from the finest universities around the world, including the eight universities collaborating with Dole scientists at the unprecedented North Carolina Research Campus, home of the Dole Nutrition Research Laboratory. We distribute this valuable info to consumers through a variety of vehicles:  our multiple award-winning 2.5 million circulation Dole Nutrition News, the recently published Dole Nutrition Handbook, videos, brochures, cookbooks and more. To learn more, visit us online at


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    Why is eating more fruit good for my heart health?

    French researchers analyzed nine studies involving more than 220,000 individuals and found that the risk of cardiovascular problems declines as fruit intake increases. They also found an 11 percent drop in stroke risk for each extra fruit serving consumed daily.

    Another study found that each extra (½...Read More
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    What are good sources of flavonoids for my diet?

    Good dietary sources of flavonoids are:
    • Raspberries
    • Green tea
    • Ginger
    • Apples
    • Artichokes
    • Soybeans
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    What are the benefits of breastfeeding?

    Consider these statistics: Compared with babies who are not breast-fed, babies who are breast-fed for three to five months are a third less likely to be obese at age 6; those breastfed for six months are 43 percent less likely to be obese at age 6; and those breastfed for more than a year are 72 percent...Read More
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    What is a recipe for strawberry lemonade?

    Strawberry Lemonade

    Makes: 5
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes


    - 2 cups DOLE® Frozen Sliced Strawberries or Whole Strawberries, partially thawed
    - 3 cups cold water, divided
    - 1/2 cup fresh lemon juice
    - 1/2 cup sugar
    - Ice cubes
    - Fresh mint sprigs (optional)
    Directions...Read More
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    How can resistance training support the immune system?

    Resistance training not only pumps up your muscles, but may also pump up your immunity. A Canadian study found that individuals who exercised with resistance bands three times per week boosted blood levels of natural killer cells. These cells are part of our body’s defense system against infection. Read More
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    What is a healthy recipe for muffins?

    Cherry-Almond Muffins

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep Time: 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 22 minutes

    • 1 1/2 cups whole wheat pastry flour
    • 1/2 cup almond flour*
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 2 large eggs
    • 3/4 cup reduced-fat sour cream
    ...Read More
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    What is a healthy recipe for a garlic spread?

    Bruschetta with Green Pea & Roasted Garlic Spread

    Makes: 8
    Prep time: 20 min.
    Cook time: 45 minutes

    • 1 large head garlic
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
    • 1 package (10 ounces) frozen petite peas, thawed
    • 1/4 cup freshly grated Parmesan cheese
    • dash of cayenne pepper, or to taste
    ...Read More
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    How common is coronary artery disease?

    More than 80 million adults in the United States are afflicted by heart disease, the country’s leading cause of death. It takes more than 800,000 lives each year. Just under 500,000 of those fatalities result from a heart attack; nearly 150,000 from a stroke; and the remainder are from cardiac arr...Read More
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    Is eating chocolate good for my heart?

    Research on cocoa’s cardiovascular benefits suggests that it can, in moderation, be beneficial.

    Here are some reasons that a little cocoa can go a long way in helping your heart:
    • Cocoa powder is high in flavanols -- potent antioxidants.
    • In numerous studies, consumption of cocoa powder and dark
    ...Read More
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    What is the role of calcium in my body?

    Calcium is essential for strong bones and teeth, which is where 99 percent of this mineral is stored in the body. Calcium also plays a role in nerve-impulse transmission and in the constriction and relaxation of blood vessels and muscles. Approximately 88 percent of adult females and 63 percent of...Read More
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    What's a recipe for chocolate banana cupcakes?

    Add a new level of flavor to ordinary chocolate cupcakes with ripe bananas.

    Black Magic Banana Cupcakes

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cook time: 25 minutes

    2 medium ripe Dole bananas, mashed or pureed (about 1 cup)
    1 egg
    1/2 cup buttermilk
    1/4 cup vegetable oil
    1/2 teaspoon...Read More
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    What's a sugar-free recipe for date nut bread?

    Cutting back on your sugar intake? Try this recipe for date nut bread that uses granulated sucralose instead.

    Date Nut Bread

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 60 minutes

    2 cups all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup granulated sucralose sweetener
    1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    1...Read More
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    How can diet offset the genetic risk of age-related eye disease?

    About 30 percent of white adults over the age of 75 suffer from age-related macular degeneration (AMD) . Nonwhites are not as prone to AMD. Clearly, having a genetic propensity for diseases like AMD and cataracts increases the risk of early onset of these diseases when superimposed on an environment...Read More
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    What's a healthy banana cream pie recipe?

    Don't let the prep time for this spice-spiked banana cream pie fool you: For most of that time, this delicious dessert sits in the fridge becoming tastier and tastier. Quick enough for weeknights, fancy enough for special occasions.

    Ginger Cream Banana Pie

    Makes: 8 servings
    Prep Time: 3 hours 20...Read More
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    What's a healthy recipe for banana muffins?

    These peanut butter and banana muffins are moist and delicious yet slimmed down from traditional versions with fat-free Greek yogurt.

    Peanut Butter and Banana Muffins

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 20 minutes

    1/2 cup finely chopped peanuts
    1/4 teaspoon ground...Read More