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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    What's a healthy recipe for pasta primavera?

    Regular pasta primavera can be high in fat and calories. This version uses chicken broth for richness instead of butter, and includes lean ground turkey for a protein punch.

    Whole Wheat Pasta Primavera

    Makes: 6 servings
    Prep Time: 15 min.
    Cook Time: 35 min.

    Ingredients
    • 1/2 pound lean
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    What is a healthy recipe for a tropical smoothie?

    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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    What's a healthy recipe for jerk chicken?

    Close your eyes when you take a bite of this chicken and you'll swear you're in the islands. The tropical salsa adds a cooling element to the spicy chicken -- not to mention healthy doses of vitamins A and C.

    Jerk Chicken with Pineapple Mango Salsa

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep Time: NOT LISTED
    Cook...Read More
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    What's a broccoli dish my child will like?

    Trees in a Broccoli Forest

    Makes: 4 servings
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 6 DOLE® mini cut carrots, cut in half lengthwise
    • 3 cups DOLE broccoli florets
    • 12 cherry tomatoes
    • 3 tablespoons parsley leaves
    Dipping Sauce
    • 1/4 cup plain nonfat yogurt
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    What's a healthy recipe for banana pudding?

    Bananas have a long list of health benefits. They’re full of potassium and act as a natural antacid. But they also have a creamy texture that works well for puddings. This recipe includes bananas and apples for a thick pudding that’s perfect for dessert and healthy enough to snack on anytime.

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    What's a recipe for banana cake?

    Turn up the flavor on this moist banana cake with a simple raspberry glaze.

    Banana Cake with Raspberry Glaze

    Makes: 9 servings
    Prep time: 20 minutes
    Cook time: 50 minutes

    Ingredients:
    2 ripe medium Dole bananas
    3/4 cup Dole chopped dates
    1/2 cup chopped almonds
    1 1/2 cups all-purpose...Read More
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    How are micronutrient deficiencies linked to chronic diseases like cancer?

    In a study, vitamin D deficiency was estimated to account for 29 percent of cancer mortality in men. It was strongly associated with colon, breast, pancreatic and prostate cancer, as well as a variety of other ailments, including heart disease. Scientists suspect that the vitamin inhibits cancer-cell growth...Read More
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    What are the health benefits of spinach?

    Spinach may be one of the healthiest foods on earth. It supplies large amounts of the eye-healthy carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin, which have been shown to lower risk of cataract development. The folate, vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, and antioxidant phytonutrients in spinach promote heart health. In addition, Popey...Read More
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    What's a healthy recipe for pancakes?

    Kids in particular will flip for these flapjacks: They may be mini in size, but they deliver maximum flavor and nutrition, thanks to bananas (great source of potassium) and raisins (fiber). Serve them for brunch or as a healthy after-school snack.

    Pint-Size Banana Raisin Pancakes

    Makes: 7 s...Read More
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    Which foods should I avoid to keep my bones healthy?

    Processed foods and beverages tend to be too high in phosphorus (as phosphates), sodium and sugar (or high-fructose corn syrup)—all of which are considered adverse risk factors for bone health. Too much phosphorus stimulates an increase in the parathyroid hormone, which in turn increases bone breakdown...Read More
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    What is a healthy banana smoothie recipe?

    Banana and Orange Smoothie

    Makes: 2 servings
    Prep time: 5 minutes
    Cook time: 0 minutes

    Ingredients
    • 2 ripe, large DOLE® Bananas
    • 2 medium oranges
    • 8 ounces (2 cartons) vanilla lowfat yogurt
    • Dash of ground cinnamon and nutmeg
    Directions
    • Peel bananas; slice into blender container
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    What is a healthy recipe for a papaya smoothie?

    Papaya Ginger Smoothie

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

    Ingredients
    • 1 cup fresh or frozen papaya chunks
    • 1/2 cup calcium-fortified vanilla soy milk
    • 1 medium DOLE® Banana
    • 2 tablespoons peppermint leaves
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
    Directions

    Combine...Read More
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    How can eating fruits help me with arthritis?

    A diet high in fruits helps protect the joints in a variety of ways, supplying nutrients like vitamin C, which is needed for calcium and iron absorption, collagen formation and protection against free-radical damage. The high fiber, water and other nutrient content in plant-based foods also help...Read More
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    What is the role of micronutrients in the body?

    Micronutrients have many important functions in the body, but one of the most vital is to help enzymes -- proteins that keep all of our organs functioning -- do their jobs. The body and brain can’t function without enzymes. Read More
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    Why is it helpful to read and understand food nutrition labels?

    The information you see on food labels provides a quick way to assess how much of the various vitamins and minerals a serving of that food supplies. These daily value percentages are calculated from the recommended dietary allowances (RDA ) for each vitamin and mineral originally developed during...Read More