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 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
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    Why is red meat protein less healthy than other protein sources?

    “Not all proteins are equal in their health effects,” notes Linda E. Kelemen, RD, ScD and assistant professor of epidemiology at the Mayo Clinic. “Vegetable proteins may deliver minerals and antioxidants that the body benefits from or contain substances that affect our hormones in healthier ways.”...Read More
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    What is the role of niacin (vitamin B3) in my body?

    Niacin is a B vitamin that helps activate over 200 enzymes, the majority of which regulate the breakdown of carbohydrates, fats and proteins, which the body then uses for energy and for keeping the nervous system, digestive system, skin, hair and eyes healthy. Most people get about twice as much...Read More
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    How does lifestyle affect my risk of developing osteoporosis?

    According to the Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University, 10 million Americans over the age of 50 have osteoporosis and more than 33 million have low bone mass, a problem responsible for 1.5 million fractures of the spine, hip and wrist every year in the United States. We naturally...Read More
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    Which fats are good fats?

    Saturated fats, so-called because they are “saturated” with hydrogen atoms, raise cholesterol levels and are found in animal products like meat, butter and cheese. Yet there are some exceptions: Coconut oil, for instance, although technically more saturated than butter, not only doesn’t raise LDL...Read More
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    What's a healthy recipe using Brussels sprouts?

    Wary vegetable eaters will be begging for more of this delicious and nutrient-rich side dish! The bacon and Brussels sprouts complement each other beautifully, while the sunflower seeds add extra crunch and lots of heart-healthy vitamin E.

    Brussels Sprouts with Bacon and Sunflower Seeds

    Makes:...Read More
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    What steps can be taken right away to increase micronutrients in the body?

    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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    How does potassium help to keep my bones healthy?

    Potassium helps maintain a healthy acid-alkaline balance in the body, leading to reduced calcium excretion. In a 2005 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, British researchers found that perimenopausal women (those in the several years preceding menopause) with the highest potassium...Read More
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    What is a healthy recipe for pineapple quick bread?

    Hawaiian Bread

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 50 minutes

    • 1/2 cup sugar
    • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 can (8 oz.) DOLE® Crushed Pineapple in 100% Juice, undrained
    • 1/3 cup chopped macadamia nuts or walnuts
    • 1 cup flaked coconut, divided
    ...Read More
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    What's a healthy recipe for sorbet?

    Sorbets are simple to make and need only a few ingredients. This recipe plays up the sweet and tart flavor of blackberries. But this dessert isn’t just delicious, it’s also nutritious—blackberries are known for being high in antioxidants and full of fiber too.

    Blackberry Sorbet

    Makes: 6 servings...Read More
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    What's a recipe for a savory corn muffin?

    These southwestern-style corn muffins get a surprising lift of flavor from crushed pineapple.

    Smoky Cheese Chili Muffins

    Makes: 10 servings
    Prep time: 15 minutes
    Cook time: 20 minutes

    1 cup all-purpose flour
    1 cup cornmeal
    1 tablespoon baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon salt
    1 can (8 oz.)...Read More
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    What is a healthy recipe for scones?

    Pineapple Spice Scones

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep Time: 35 minutes
    Cook Time: 15 minutes

    • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
    • 1/3 cup plus 1 tablespoon sugar, divided
    • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 cup butter or margarine, softened
    • 1 can (8 oz.)
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    What's a healthy recipe for white bean soup?

    This Tuscan-inspired soup tastes as if it's been simmering all day, but in fact takes just half an hour to prep and cook. Not only is it quick, it's healthy: White beans are an excellent source of fiber and folate.

    Tuscan White Bean Soup

    Makes: 7 servings
    Prep Time: 15 min.
    Cook Time: 15 min.

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    What is a healthy recipe for breakfast rolls?

    Quick Breakfast Rolls

    Makes: 12 servings
    Prep Time: 40 minutes
    Cook Time: 25 minutes

    • 1/4 cup sliced almonds, toasted
    • 1/2 cup packed brown sugar
    • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
    • 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
    • 4 tablespoons margarine, divided
    • 1 ripe, large  DOLE®  Banana, peeled, chopped
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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 hot sauce
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