Chow Line: Keep sugary drinks to a minimum (for 8/9/09)
July 31, 2009 Recently, I've let myself indulge in having a can of regular pop with my lunch instead of diet soda. I know it has a lot more sugar and calories, but it tastes so good. Is one can a day so bad? Dietitians will tell you that an occasiona ...
Chow Line: Just how much vitamin D is enough? (for 3/1/09)
February 20, 2009 Has the recommended amount of vitamin D for adults been increased recently? The current guidelines for vitamin D were refined in 1997 in the Institute of Medicine's "Dietary Reference Intakes for Calcium, Phosphorus, Magnesium, ...
Chow Line: Cubing spuds saves time, cuts nutrients (for 12/7/08)
November 25, 2008 I have a recipe that calls for mashed potatoes. It suggests cubing the potatoes before boiling them, to save time. Wouldn't the potatoes lose a lot of nutrients that way? Yes, your instincts are right on the money. Potatoes are grea ...
Chow Line: Calcium important even with arthritis (for 3/2/08)
February 21, 2008 I have arthritis and am developing knobs on my bones. Should I reduce my calcium intake? Also, what are good sources of calcium if you are lactose intolerant? Actually, the swollen joints that result from arthritis aren't caused by ...
Chow Line: Carve a place for pumpkin in your diet (for 10/11/09)
October 2, 2009 A friend of mine says canned pumpkin is about the healthiest thing you can eat. Can that be right? Canned pumpkin (or fresh, for that matter) is, in fact, a healthful, filling food. Adding it to recipes, or substituting other ingredients w ...
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: 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: 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 ...