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    Chow Line: Details important in breakfast study

    I heard something about research showing that eating a big breakfast is good for people with diabetes. Can you tell me details? 
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    Chow Line: Jack-o'-lanterns are not food

    We grew pumpkins for cooking in our garden this year, and we plan to carve a few as small jack-o’-lanterns. If I spray the interior of the pumpkins with bleach and use an electric candle, can I still use them for cooking?
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    Chow Line: Take a stand against sitting

    I know how important physical activity is for you. But I’ve also heard that just the act of sitting for long periods (like I do at my desk every day at work) can be hazardous to your health. If this is true, what can I do about it?
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    Chow Line: Cut back on sugar, high-fructose or not

    I keep hearing different things about high-fructose corn syrup. Some people say it’s a lot worse than sugar, and others say it’s just the same. Who’s right?
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    Chow Line: Make food safety your tailgate goal

    Some friends tailgate before football games, complete with grilling burgers and brats in the parking lot outside the stadium. But they don’t seem to take basic food safety precautions. They say they’ve never had a problem, but are there guidelines I can give them? 
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    Chow Line: Farm to School efforts worthwhile

    My children complain that they do not like the “healthy” lunches at their school this year. I’ve heard some schools are serving fresh fruits and vegetables from local farms, and I think that might help. How can I find out more?
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    Chow Line: Limiting sodium a good idea for most

    My father, who has high blood pressure, has recently started using more salt, saying he has read that it’s not as bad as people think. Can that be right?
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    Chow Line: A new definition for ‘gluten-free’

    I heard recently that the government set a definition for “gluten-free” labels on foods. If that just happened, why have I seen “gluten-free” on some food labels for years?
  9. Chow Line: Get moving, for a lot of reasons

    I know that getting enough exercise is recommended to reduce the risk of heart disease. Is that just because doing so helps you maintain a healthy weight, or is there a separate benefit?
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    Chow Line: Follow produce safety guidelines

    It seems like fresh produce has become more of a food safety problem than it was when I was growing up. Why? And what can I do to reduce my risk?