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: 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: 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: 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 ...