News: Chow Line

  1. buttered bread falling with plate to the floor

    Chow Line: Study: It’s best not to test five-second rule

    So, I keep hearing different things about the five-second rule. Is it OK to pick up food and eat it after it has dropped to the floor?  
  2. grandmother with grandchild slicing an apple

    Chow Line: Kids not eating fruit? Try cutting, slicing it

    How can I get my grandchildren to eat more fruits and vegetables when they’re visiting? I am lucky that I get to have them over often, but I can’t seem to entice them to eat much produce.  
  3. holding hands on gut, intestinal problems

    Chow Line: Restrictive diet can help ease intestinal issues

    I have a friend who no longer eats wheat products, onions, garlic or a lot of other foods. She said it’s because she has been experiencing stomach problems and a “low-FODMAP” diet was recommended. It sounds serious. What is it?  
  4. woman examining label at health food store

    Chow Line: What will happen when fiber is no longer fiber

    I understand that the recommendation for fiber intake is going up. When will we see that reflected on Nutrition Facts labels?  
  5. tomatoes on the vine

    Chow Line: The scoop on fresh, homegrown tomatoes

    We are enjoying fresh vegetables from our garden, especially the tomatoes. But we have a disagreement about whether or not they are actually healthier than store-bought fresh or even canned tomatoes. We each think we’ve read information that contradicts the other. Who’s right?  
  6. Chow Line: Keep safety in mind when packing lunches

    When my children don’t like what’s offered for school lunch, I pack a sandwich and they carry it in a brown paper bag. My kids say most of their friends use insulated bags when they bring their lunch. Is that necessary?  
  7. Chow Line: Test dairy, nutrition IQ with MyPlate quizzes

    My son, who is 11, says that since butter is made from milk, it should be counted as a dairy food. I know that it’s not dairy, but can you help me explain why?  
  8. veggies on a plate in the form of a funny face

    Chow Line: Turn tables on food ads: Make veggies fun

    We tend to eat a lot of vegetables and fruit at home, not only during meals but for snacks too. But our daughter seems to be getting less interested in “good” food and is asking for more sweets and salty snacks. How can we steer her back to healthy eating?  
  9. nut butter and nuts

    Chow Line: Delving deep into homemade nut butter

    I occasionally like to make my own nut butter by grinding nuts in a food processor and adding some coconut oil until it becomes creamy. But I’m worried that I’m losing some of the fiber in the nuts when I grind them. Also, does eating nuts burn more calories than eating nut butter?  
  10. flax seed and ground flax seed

    Chow Line: Flaxseed may help to control blood pressure

    My blood pressure has been inching up recently, and although I don’t yet have high blood pressure, I’m on the lookout for ways to reduce it. Recently I came across some information about flaxseed and how it can help. Can you tell me more about it?