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: 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: 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: 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 ...
Chow Line: Eat lots of produce, raw and cooked (for 8/23/09)
August 14, 2009 I have long heard about the benefits of eating raw produce, and I have experimented with a semi-raw diet in the last few weeks. Besides eating raw produce, I'm making smoothies with fruits and vegetables for breakfast. But I just hear ...
Chow Line: Bored with lettuce? Be bold with greens (for 8/5/07)
July 26, 2007 I'm interested in trying some different kinds of greens for my salads, but I'm not sure what would be the best choices. Any ideas? If your grocery store's produce section is anything like mine, you have lots of choices. And yo ...
Chow Line: Eat for a healthy heart (for 2/14/10)
February 4, 2010 Editor: Please use this version of Chow Line, which clarifies that only consumption of whole grains (not all grains) is associated with a lower risk of heart disease. My family has a history of heart disease. What should I focus on to mak ...