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: 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: 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: 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 ...
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 ...