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Chow Line: Many Americans improving their diet (4/18/14)

Chow Line: Many Americans improving their diet (4/18/14)

I met some friends for lunch, and we all realized we’re eating better than we used to. Some of us think it’s because we’re “older and wiser,” but some think everyone is eating better these days. Any idea who’s right?

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Chow Line: Labeling genetically modified foods (4/11/14)

Chow Line: Labeling genetically modified foods (4/11/14)

I'm surprised that genetically modified foods aren’t required to be labeled. Why aren’t they?

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Chow Line: Enjoy seafood, but do so safely (4/4/14)

Chow Line: Enjoy seafood, but do so safely (4/4/14)

I read about a seafood processor that was shut down because of food safety concerns. We’re trying to eat more seafood these days. Should we be doing anything special to avoid foodborne illness?

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Chow Line: Lists of ‘bad’ foods often not helpful (3/28/14)

Chow Line: Lists of ‘bad’ foods often not helpful (3/28/14)

I often see website ads that say, “Never eat these foods.” Sometimes there is a picture of a banana. I have never clicked on those ads, but I am curious. Shouldn’t we eat bananas? And what other foods shouldn’t we eat?

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Chow Line: Dairy an easy way to get calcium (3/21/14)

Chow Line: Dairy an easy way to get calcium (3/21/14)

I know a few people who insist that dairy foods are bad for you. Is there any truth to that?

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Chow Line: Data on obesity rates questioned (3/7/14)

Chow Line: Data on obesity rates questioned (3/7/14)

I’ve read the news that the obesity rate among preschoolers has dropped, but that some are skeptical. What’s the issue?

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Chow Line: Some carb choices better than others (2/28/14)

Chow Line: Some carb choices better than others (2/28/14)

I recently had a physical, and the results of my blood sugar test were a little high. Since then, I started examining carbohydrate amounts on Nutrition Facts labels, and am surprised at how many carbs are in one of my favorite foods, black beans. Can I fit black beans into a lower-carb diet?

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Chow Line: Experts remain on sidelines over chia (2/21/14)

Chow Line: Experts remain on sidelines over chia (2/21/14)

Some of my friends are huge fans of chia seeds. Do they really offer so many health benefits, or is it just hype?

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Chow Line: Wax off, wax on? Waxed produce OK (2/14/14)

Chow Line: Wax off, wax on? Waxed produce OK (2/14/14)

Why is there a waxy substance on some of the fruits and vegetables I buy at the grocery store? Is it safe?

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Chow Line: Debate continues over ‘disease’ label (2/7/14)

Chow Line: Debate continues over ‘disease’ label (2/7/14)

I’m not sure what to make of the fact that so many people are now calling obesity a “disease.” What’s the point? Isn’t it a cop-out?

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Chow Line: Chocolate, wine grab the headlines (1/31/14)

Chow Line: Chocolate, wine grab the headlines (1/31/14)

With Valentine’s Day approaching, I am wondering about the so-called health benefits of chocolate and wine. I hear a lot about that this time of year, but I’m skeptical. Is there any truth to the hype?

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Chow Line: Make food donations count (1/24/14)

Chow Line: Make food donations count (1/24/14)

I helped during a recent food drive, and I saw some of the donated items were past their expiration date. Is that OK? Are they safe?

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Chow Line: Drink up: Choose water first for thirst (1/17/14)

Chow Line: Drink up: Choose water first for thirst (1/17/14)

None of my kids drink a lot of water. Should I encourage them to drink more?

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Chow Line: Peanut butter a hearty choice (1/10/14)

Chow Line: Peanut butter a hearty choice (1/10/14)

Is peanut butter as good for you as peanuts are? And are peanuts as healthful as other nuts?

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Chow Line: Cranberries not just for Thanksgiving (12/20/13)

Chow Line: Cranberries not just for Thanksgiving (12/20/13)

I have been seeing more and more “healthy” recipes that call for cranberries or dried cranberries. Is this just a new fad, or are cranberries really good for you?

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