Chow Line: Feed the brain by eating smart (for 1/24/10)
January 15, 2010 What sorts of foods should I eat to keep my mental activity at its peak function? When I was growing up, whenever we had fish for dinner, my dad called it "brain food." Remarkably, there is some truth to that (read on for detail ...
Chow Line: Canning cherry tomatoes not advised
September 28, 2007 Where can I find how to can cherry tomatoes? I'm having trouble finding guidelines. There's a good reason you can't find those guidelines: There are none. And if you decide to try it on your own, you need to know that you ...
Chow Line: Canned fruits, vegetables stack up well for 2.17.08
February 8, 2008 Are canned fruits and vegetables as nutritious as fresh or frozen? For the most part, research says, canned foods are quite comparable to their fresh or frozen counterparts. In fact, a comprehensive, two-part review of the literature comp ...
Chow Line: Exercise can help control blood sugar (for 3/29/09)
March 20, 2009 I don't understand how exercise affects blood sugar. Isn't blood sugar controlled by what you eat? Actually, regular, moderate exercise is extremely important in controlling blood sugar, especially for people who have type 2 diabe ...
Chow Line: Calories on menus having an effect (for 6/7/09)
May 29, 2009 I've heard more localities are requiring restaurants to post calorie information. Is it having an effect? The trend toward posting calorie information is growing. It started in 2008 when the New York City Board of Health began requiring ...
Chow Line: Calorie counts on menus helpful (for 4/18/10)
April 9, 2010 I've heard that the new health care law will require restaurants to provide calorie information to consumers. Will that really improve people's health? It's not easy to predict exactly what the outcome will be from these new r ...
Chow Line: Even LDLs aren't all bad (for 2/25/07)
February 16, 2007 I know there is "good" and "bad" cholesterol, but how do they actually work? You're absolutely right-- we call two different kinds of cholesterol "good" and "bad." But this isn't like a & ...
Chow Line: Calculating costs of obesity isn't easy (for 2/24/08)
February 15, 2008 A recent study claimed that preventing obesity doesn't reduce health costs, but others disputed the findings. What's the real story? That study got a lot of headlines, and its findings were controversial on several points. But ...
Chow Line: Build muscle (and use it) to lose weight (for 1/21/07)
January 12, 2007 I want to exercise more to help me lose weight. Should I focus more on strength-training or aerobics? The only answer most professionals would be comfortable with is, of course, "both." Although aerobics are important for tippin ...
Chow Line: Brown rice, not white, a whole grain (for 5/16/10)
May 7, 2010 Is rice a whole grain? Brown rice is a whole grain, but white rice isn't. That doesn't mean white rice isn't healthful; it just doesn't have the benefits of a whole grain. Brown rice makes the mark because it still contains ...