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The Dole Nutrition Institute (DNI) was founded by David H. Murdock in 2003 as a research and education foundation within Dole Food Company. Now in his 90's, Mr. Murdock is an ardent practitioner of a nutrient-dense, plant-based diet and a true believer in the power of a variety of fruits and vegetables to promote health and longevity. At Dole we believe that what you eat should give life—not limit it.

The DNI’s mission is three-fold: to provide the public with easily accessible, scientifically-validated information on nutrition and health through the Dole Nutrition News, social media, and educational materials; to make scientific discoveries in the Dole Nutrition Research Lab; and to create delicious and nutritious recipes made primarily with fresh fruits and vegetables.

The Dole Nutrition Research Lab is located on the North Carolina Research Campus (NCRC) in Kannapolis, North Carolina. The NCRC, created by Mr. Murdock, provides a central location for corporations, universities and healthcare organizations to work as partners and transform science at the intersection of human health, nutrition and agriculture.

Dole scientists are currently exploring the nutritional properties of fruits and vegetables and how eating these foods may benefit human health. Specific areas of research at Dole include: antioxidants and other healthful compounds in fruits and vegetables, bananas as an energy source during exercise, and exercise recovery through proper nutrition.

Published Studies

Bananas as an Energy Source during Exercise: A Metabolomics Approach 

Metabolomics-Based Analysis of Banana and Pear Ingestion on Exercise Performance and Recovery 

Extracts of Fruits and Vegetables Activate the Antioxidant Response Element in IMR-32 Cells 

Chia seed supplementation and disease risk factors in overweight women: a metabolomics investigation 

Influence of vitamin D mushroom powder supplementation on exercise-induced muscle damage in vitamin D insufficient high school athletes

Effects of a freeze-dried juice blend powder on exercise-induced inflammation, oxidative stress, and immune function in cyclists