Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

So many fad diets demonize one macronutrient at the expense of the others, and lately the nutrient people love to hate have been carbohydrates, whether that's the Atkins diet or the Paleo diet. Until recently we in medicine have been proponents of a low-fat diet, which appears to have had at least some effect on obesity rates. (Now that I think about it, I can't think of any diet intended for general use that demonizes protein in and of itself as opposed to certain types of protein, such as animal protein. If you know of one, let me know in the comments.)

For some diets the argument has been that consuming carbohydrates - or fat, depending on the diet - contributes to body fat and thereby contributes to one's risk of ill health. There are epidemiological studies that seem to support both sides, but a team in Norway designed a parallel study (two similar groups participating at the same time) to find out whether a diet high in fat or in carbohydrates would affect body fat mass (Am J Clin Nutr 2017;105:85-99).

They recruited 38 healthy but clinically obese men (Body Mass Index over 29) between the ages of 30 and 50 to participate in a feeding study. The participants all had normal blood glucose levels, a waist circumference of at least 98 centimeters (about 38.5 inches) or a percentage of body fat of at least 25%, and were not taking any regular medications. Which is better for you - a low carbohydrate diet or a high-fat diet? »

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Featured Recipes

Mediterranean Shrimp

The great thing about shrimp and other fish is that you can make such a quick meal. Every time I have someone complain about not having the time to cook I think of recipes like this one – 1 minute to chop the shallot, 1 minute to chop the celery, 9 minutes to cook the veggies and shrimp. Simple.

Saffron Polenta

I had a version of this saffron polenta while traveling in England. It is so simple and the saffron brings a subtle but elegant flavor to the dish. It is great served alongside the Mediterranean Shrimp but almost any fish or chicken will work great.

Seared Sweet and Savory Pork

This is a quick and easy pork that has the flavor of a smoky barbecue sauce without the hours and hours of slow cooking. Using molasses is a great base for marinades because it is sticky but also it brings sweet, savory and slightly bitter tones to your dish.