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 ...
Chow Line: Clementines chock full of nutrition (for 12/23/07)
December 14, 2007 I love those little clementine oranges. Do they have as much vitamin C as other oranges? Ounce for ounce, clementines are a great source of vitamin C. But since they're smaller than the average orange, you'll get less of any nu ...
Chow Line: Choose healthful fast-food options (for the week of 6/8/08)
May 30, 2008 As I chauffeur the kids to and from summer activities, I tend to eat more fast food than usual. Any tips to make my choices more healthful? Absolutely. Despite popular opinion, fast food doesn't always have to be high-fat, high-calorie a ...
Chow Line: Choose berries for burst of nutrition (for 7/12/09)
July 1, 2009 I love buying and eating fresh berries this time of year. Are there any that are more nutritious than others, or are they all just about the same? Any berry is a great choice as a snack, dessert, or to add to cereal, salad and other dishes. I ...
Chow Line: Chewing the cud on grass-fed beef (for 3/28/10)
March 19, 2010 We keep hearing good things about grass-fed beef. Is it really that much better for you? There's a compelling body of research showing that the ratio of heart-healthy fats in grass-fed beef is significantly higher than in grain-fed bee ...
Chow Line: Carrots healthful, not 'full of sugar' (for 9/7/08)
August 29, 2008 At lunchtime recently, several of my colleagues claimed that carrots are "full of sugar." Is that true? In a word, no. That myth gained popularity a few years back when carrots were branded as restricted foods in several popular ...
Chow Line: Canning complex; try freezing instead (for 9/28/08)
September 19, 2008 This year I was tempted to start home canning to try to stretch my garden harvest into the fall and winter. But whenever I read about canning, it seems very complicated. Any advice? If you don't have experience with home canning, y ...