Chow Line: Choosing syrup can be sticky (for 3/14/10)
March 5, 2010 Is "real" maple syrup healthier than "maple-flavored" or "pancake" syrups? Not really. Although many people prefer the flavor-- and the very idea-- of real maple syrup over syrups that are primarily made from co ...
Chow Line: Choose right foods to reduce cholesterol (for 11/19/06)
November 9, 2006 I saw your column on oatmeal and how it can lower cholesterol. Are there other foods that do the same? Yes, many foods appear to reduce blood cholesterol. Overall, the best route to take is to follow a basic heart-healthy diet-- low in sa ...
Chow Line: Go green(er) when choosing lettuce (for 2/11/07)
February 2, 2007 I've read that lettuce actually has very little nutritional value, but I also hear that people need to eat more leafy greens. Isn't lettuce a "leafy green"? What's the real story? It depends what you mean by " ...
Chow Line: Glucose numbers depend on test used (for 11/4/07)
October 26, 2007 My husband was diagnosed with diabetes with a blood sugar level of 180 milligrams per deciliter. A friend who has diabetes said 180 is really pre-diabetes-- a level of 200 is needed for diabetes. Why would the doctor say my husband has di ...
Chow Line: Get answers on holiday food safety (for 11/15/09)
November 6, 2009 I am hosting relatives over the holidays this year; several are elderly and are a bit frail, so I want to be sure I'm following all food safety guidelines. Where can I go for a refresher? A great place to start is http://foodsafety.g ...
Chow Line: Choose carefully at Chinese restaurants (for 8/10/08)
August 1, 2008 I used to love going out for Chinese food, but I stopped eating it years ago when I heard how unhealthy it was. Are there healthy options? Absolutely. By limiting portions and making careful selections, you can eat a healthful meal practica ...
Chow Line: Get ahead by eating more cabbage (for 1/31/10)
January 22, 2010 We have been eating a lot of cabbage lately and really enjoying it. I know it's low-calorie, but does it offer many nutrients? Absolutely! You may be confusing cabbage with iceberg lettuce, which really doesn't offer much in the ...
Chow Line: Chickpeas chock full of nutrition (for 8/27/06)
August 18, 2006 What is the difference between garbanzo beans and chickpeas? Ah, that's an easy one. There is no difference. Chickpeas and garbanzo beans are the same thing. They're also called cece or ceci in Italy, kichererbse in Germany, and ...
Chow Line: Cassava roots source of tapioca
November 27, 2006 What exactly is tapioca? Where does it come from? Tapioca is available in many different forms, but they all start out as the root of the cassava plant. Cassava is well-known in South America and Africa as a good, reliable source of carb ...
Chow Line: Fiber goal linked with calorie intake
November 2, 2007 The back of my cereal box says that 25 to 38 grams of fiber are recommended each day. Why is there such a disparity? How do I know if I need 25 grams or 38 grams? The short and simple answer is that if you're a woman, shoot for 25 gr ...