Chow Line

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    Chow Line: Keep fresh produce healthy and safe

    I’m hearing more about antibiotic-resistant bacteria. Should I start cleaning fresh produce with a commercial fruit and vegetable wash?
  2. produce in grocery cart

    Chow Line: Why choose whole foods over processed?

    I’m dating a guy who loves to cook, which is great, but he seems to rely on a lot of processed foods. Would it be worthwhile, health-wise, to try to shift him more toward fresh, whole foods? 
  3. magnifying glass on piece of chocolate

    Chow Line: Sugar alcohols aren’t sugar or alcohol

    What is sugar alcohol? I gave up sugar when I found out it will go into your fat cells if you don’t use it for energy. Does the same thing happen with sugar alcohols? And, is there a difference between different types of sugar alcohol? 
  4. burgers on a grill

    Chow Line: Beef lovers: How safe are your burgers?

    If steaks are safe when cooked to 145 degrees F, why do hamburgers need to be cooked to 160 degrees? All the meat comes from the same cow, right? 
  5. milk jugs

    Chow Line: Calcium important, dairy a good source

    A friend started a new diet, and he said he was surprised to learn milk and other dairy products can actually cause, not prevent, osteoporosis. Can you explain?
  6. stock image of salad with nuts on top

    Chow Line: Find ways to eat nuts without adding calories

    I’ve heard for a long time that eating nuts can be beneficial to your health. But nuts are also really high in calories. How much is enough? How much is too much?
  7. variety of fresh foods

    Chow Line: Focus on what causes most foodborne illness

    What foods are most problematic when it comes to foodborne illness?
  8. illustration: fruits and vegetables on fork tips

    Chow Line: Great nutrition ideas ripe for the picking

    I need some fresh ideas to give my diet a boost. I eat fairly well now, but I feel like I’m in a rut and want some easy ways to make some changes while keeping health and nutrition front and center. Your thoughts?  
  9. stock photo of children eating in cafeteria

    Chow Line: School fundraisers, snacks getting healthier

    I saw a news report that seemed to indicate that schools can no longer hold bake sales or sell chocolate bars as fundraisers. Can that be right?
  10. iStock image of food in slow cooker

    Chow Line: Assure food safety when using slow cooker

    I use my slow cooker a lot, but I recently read that you should thaw frozen items beforehand. I can understand that this would be necessary for meat, but is it a problem to use a bag of frozen vegetables without thawing it first?