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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    What’s a healthy recipe using artichokes?

    Quick Steamed Artichokes with Lemon Dip

    Makes: 2-4 servings
    Prep time: 10 minutes
    Cook time: 10 minutes

    • 2 DOLE® Artichokes
    • 1 tablespoon water
    • 1/2 cup light mayonnaise
    • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
    • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
    • 1 teaspoon Dijon-style mustard
    • 2 to 3 dashes
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    What's a healthier recipe for cherries jubilee?

    Soy butter, honey, and low-fat frozen yogurt come together in this healthier version of cherries jubilee.

    Cherries Jubilee

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep time: 10 minutes

    2 tablespoons soy butter
    1/2 cup red currant jelly
    1/4 cup honey
    1 pkg. (12 ounces) Dole Frozen Dark Sweet...Read More
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    What is the nutritional value of Brussels sprouts?

    Austrian researchers have shown that consumption of Brussels sprouts can reduce oxidative DNA damage by nearly 40%. Brussels sprouts appear to fight free radicals with double barrels, using both direct and indirect antioxidants. The same researchers found that consumption of the vegetable increased...Read More
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    How can my diet affect my risk of losing bone density?

    Excessive sugar intake can increase kidney stone formation, a process which in turn leaches calcium from the bones. Too much sugar can also block absorption of magnesium and calcium, making them unavailable for the formation of bone cells.
    Research has linked excess retinol, the fat-soluble form of vitamin A found...Read More
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    What's a recipe for an easy dessert sauce?

    Take a store-bought angel food cake, pound cake or ice cream to the next level with this pineapple and toasted pecan sauce.

    Pineapple Toasted Pecan Sauce

    Makes: 8 servings
    Prep time: 15 minutes

    2/3 cup orange juice
    2 teaspoons cornstarch
    1 tablespoon sugar
    1/2 teaspoon...Read More
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    What is a healthy recipe for a vegetarian dip?

    Magical Pink Dip

    Makes: 6-8 servings
    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    • 1/2 pound red beets (1 large), peeled and coarsely chopped
    • 1 large scallion, chopped
    • 1/4 cup (packed) chopped fresh DOLE® Spinach
    • 8 ounces nonfat cream cheese
    • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed
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    What are the health benefits of eating asparagus?

    Asparagus contains inulin, a prebiotic fiber that’s indigestible by humans but can selectively nourish the “good” gut bacteria that line our intestinal tract and thereby protect us against ”bad” bacteria, like E. coli. Asparagus tests highest among sources of glutathione, one of the most potent a...Read More
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    What are the health benefits of nectarines?

    Nectarines’ antioxidant flavonoids help protect against free-radical damage. Their nutrient combo also supports healthy skin and immune function. Research suggests nectarines may have anticancer benefits, as well: National Cancer Institute studies found a 40% lower risk of cancers of the esophagus,...Read More
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    What's a recipe for fruit punch?

    Perfect for parties, this punch combines tart cranberry juice with pineapple and orange juices. Ginger ale makes it bubbly.

    Pineapple Cranberry Punch

    Makes: 14 servings
    Prep Time: 5 min.

    • 1 can (46 oz.) DOLE® Pineapple Juice, chilled
    • 1 bottle (32 oz.) cranberry juice co
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    What is a healthy recipe for coffee cake?

    Pineapple Coffee Cake

    Makes: 8 servings
    Prep Time: 55 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes

    • 1 can (20 oz.) DOLE®  Pineapple Chunks in 100% Pineapple Juice
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 cup chopped walnuts
    • 3 tablespoons butter or margarine, diced
    ...Read More
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    What is a healthy granola parfait recipe?

    This parfait recipe makes a delicious and healthy snack any time of day. Granola and pineapple combine with lemon or orange yogurt for a no-fuss tropical treat.

    Granola Pineapple Parfait

    Makes: 2 servings
    Prep time: 10 mInutes

    2/3 cup low-fat plain granola
    1 cup Dole Crushed...Read More
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    What's an easy recipe for raspberry pie?

    Your dinner or brunch guests will never guess that this raspberry mousse pie takes only 30 minutes to prepare.

    Raspberry Mousse Pie

    1 cup boiling water
    1 package (4-serving size) sugar-free raspberry gelatin
    2 extra-ripe medium Dole bananas
    1 carton (6 oz.) low-fat raspberry...Read More
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    What is a healthy recipe for a quick bread with walnuts?

    Pineapple Orange Walnut Bread

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
    Cook Time: 60 minutes

    • 2 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 egg
    • 1 tablespoon
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    What's a healthy recipe using chicken breasts?

    Chicken breasts may be low in fat, but they're also low in flavor. In this quick-to-fix recipe, cinnamon and dried fruits conspire to transform plain poultry into an exotic and healthy main dish.

    Turkish Chicken with Spiced Dates

    Makes: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 15 min.
    Cook Time: 25 min.

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    What is a healthy banana bread with fruit recipe?

    Bananas pair nicely with many kinds of fruit. For a tasty twist on the usual quick bread, try this recipe for banana cranberry bread.

    Banana Cranberry Bread

    Makes: 24 servings
    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Cook time: 1 hour

    3 extra-ripe medium Dole bananas
    2 cups fresh Dole cran...Read More