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 http://www.dole.com/#/nutritioninstitute

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    Mimi’s Morning Green Drink

    Makes: 2 servings
    Prep Time: 5-10 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 2 apples, chopped, core and skin included
    • 3 stalks DOLE® Celery, chopped tops included
    • 1/2 cucumber, chopped, with the skin on
    • 1/2 lemon (if using a juicer, add peel as well)
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    Make your own granola at home with this quick and easy recipe. Serve it over yogurt for an extra-healthy breakfast.

    Cinnamon Chia Granola

    Makes: 8 servings
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 25 minutes

    Ingredients:
    2 cups old-fashioned oats
    1 cup puffed rice cereal
    1/2 cup slivered almonds...Read More
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    Iodine is essential for the normal development of the fetus and newborn, and it helps prevent neonatal hypothyroidism (a condition marked by decreased production of thyroid hormones, possibly leading to mental retardation and heart problems). Top iodine sources include cod, shrimp and potatoes (with...Read More
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    Blueberry Smoothie

    Makes: 3 servings
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 1 medium DOLE® Banana
    • 8 oz. DOLE Frozen Tropical Gold Pineapple Chunks, partially thawed
    • 1 cup DOLE Frozen Blueberries
    • 2 containers (8 oz. each) nonfat blueberry yogurt
    • 1/2 cup (2 oz.) soy
    ...Read More
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    Mean Green Energy Machine

    Makes: 3 servings
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 4 cups (5 ounces) DOLE® Baby Spinach
    • 2 cans (6 ounces each) DOLE Pineapple Juice
    • 2 cups DOLE Frozen Pineapple Chunks
    • 1 Granny Smith apple, cored and quartered
    Directions
     
    Combine...Read More
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    Pregnancy is a time when nutrition is exceedingly important. And the old idea that you can make up for deficiencies during pregnancy by providing the child with better nutrition later in life isn’t accurate. Folic acid, choline and betaine are three of the nutrients that mothers have to make sure...Read More
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    Countless problems can arise from not getting enough of these micronutrients in the diet. Here are just a few:
    • Iron deficiency is the most widespread nutrition problem in the world. Iron is not only required by hemoglobin in red blood cells to carry oxygen throughout the body, it’s also an es
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    The dairy industry’s marketing mantra of “three-a-day” could take on a whole new meaning in light of a 2006 study in the Journal of Reproductive Medicine, which links milk consumption with multiple births. Study author Gary Steinman, MD, PhD, of the Long Island Jewish Medical Center, compared the twinning rates...Read More
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    Sunrise Smoothie

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 1 cup DOLE® Pineapple Juice
    • 1 cup vanilla low-fat yogurt or frozen yogurt
    • 1 cup DOLE Frozen Strawberries, partially thawed
    • 2 ripe, medium DOLE Bananas, peeled
    Directions

    Combine pineapple...Read More
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    Berry Smoothie

    Makes: 3 servings
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 1 ripe, medium DOLE® Banana, peeled
    • 1 can ( 6 oz.) or 3/4 cup DOLE Pineapple Juice
    • 1 carton (6 oz.) blueberry or mixed berries yogurt
    • 1 cup DOLE Frozen Blueberries, partially thawed
    Directions...Read More
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    Tropical Blueberry Smoothie

    Makes: 3 servings
    Prep Time: 5 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 1 can (8 oz.) DOLE® Crushed Pineapple in 100% Pineapple Juice, drained
    • 1 ripe DOLE Banana, sliced
    • 1 cup milk
    • 1 cup DOLE Fresh or Frozen Blueberries
    Directions

    Combine crushed...Read More
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    Micronutrient deficiencies are prevalent across all ages and racial groups, and immediate action is called for. Here are two steps that can be taken right away:
    1. Changing from a “bad diet” to a “good diet”: A diet containing fewer refined foods and more fruits, vegetables, fish and whole grains
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    “Bobbing for Bananas” Tropical Punch

    Makes: 28 servings
    Prep Time: 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 1 carton (64 oz.) DOLE® Pineapple-Orange Banana Juice
    • 1 bottle (32 oz.) diet lemon-lime soda
    • 1 can (6 oz.) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
    • 1 package (16 oz.) DOLE Frozen
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    Regular fruit salad gets a makeover in this easy recipe, thanks to a tangy dressing made from lime juice and honey. Doubled, this recipe is perfect to bring along to a potluck or picnic.

    Honey Lime Fruit Toss

    Makes: 7 servings
    Prep Time: 10 min.
    Cook Time: 10 min.

    Ingredients
    • 1 can (20
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    Tropical Smoothie Punch

    Makes: 25 servings
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 1 can (46 ounces) DOLE® Pineapple Juice or DOLE Pineapple Mango Juice, chilled, divided
    • 1 package (12 ounces)  DOLE Frozen Raspberries, partially thawed, divided
    • 4 cups or 1 liter sug
    ...Read More