Chow Line: Don't alter recipes for home canning (for 4/20/08)
April 11, 2008 My wife and I started canning last year but some of the recipes have a heavy vinegar flavor. Where can I find advice on safely altering recipes or creating some of our own? Nowhere. Honest. No one worth his or her food-safety salt would rec ...
Chow Line: Do what you can to get enough calcium (for 3/8/09)
February 27, 2009 Is there an age-related guideline for calcium intake? As an older man, I want to be sure I'm getting enough. The recommended intakes for calcium are the same for men and women, but they do change with age. According to the guideline ...
Chow Line: Baby carrots big on nutrition
March 16, 2007 Are baby carrots really young carrots? "True" baby carrots are produced on some farms, but they're expensive and not widely available to consumers. The baby carrots most people know and love were actually invented in 1986 by ...
Chow Line: Diabetes must be taken seriously (for 10/31/10)
October 22, 2010 My wife was just diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. How serious of a condition is it? As the American Diabetes Association (ADA) states, diabetes "is not merely a condition. It is a disease with deadly consequences." Type 2 diabe ...
Chow Line: Cut overall fats, then boost healthful ones (for 7/8/07)
June 29, 2007 I can never remember what types of fat are the healthful kinds. What kinds of fats should I be looking for? The healthful kinds of fats are called monounsaturated and polyunsaturated (as opposed to saturated and trans fats, which we should r ...
Chow Line: Count up fat, calories for chicken with skin (for 2/28/10)
February 19, 2010 I was at a friend's for dinner and she served chicken breast – with the skin on. It was tender and delicious, but I've always had skinless chicken breast because I thought the skin contained a lot of fat and calories. Is there ...
Chow Line: Corn or flour tortilla? Choose best of either (for 11/2/08)
October 24, 2008 I love Mexican food, but I've often wondered which is the better choice, nutrition-wise: flour or corn tortillas? To be honest, there are so many types of tortillas available today-- both corn and flour-- that it would be unrealistic ...
Chow Line: Alternate-day fast not a proven diet (for 11/29/09)
November 20, 2009 A friend is trying to lose weight by eating very little every other day. I don't think it's healthy, but she says it works. Is this kind of diet recommended? Only a few studies have been done on what's called "alterna ...
Chow Line: Consumer use of food labels declines (for 10/19/08)
October 10, 2008 I try to read Nutrition Facts labels when comparing foods, but a friend told me to pay more attention to ingredient lists. Really? Hmm. Actually, both the Nutrition Facts labels and the ingredient lists carry important information. But yo ...
Chow Line: Coconut oil unlike other saturated fat (for 12/9/07)
November 30, 2007 I've always read that you should avoid coconut oil because of its high level of saturated fat. But I recently heard it is actually healthful and can help you lose weight. Is that true? Most nutritionists don't believe consuming ...