The next step in the fight against heart disease: teaching medical students how to cook

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

Heart disease (cardiovascular disease, or CVD) is responsible for an estimated 20% of the total amount of money spent on health care here in the United States - and nearly 40% of cases of CVD are attributable to behaviors that can be changed, such as poor diet, lack of exercise, and smoking.

With diet such a major contributor to health, you would think that physicians would be the first to talk to you about what you eat, but the fact is that physicians receive little training in nutrition. Despite the Institute of Medicine's recommendation that physicians in training receive at least 25 hours of nutrition curriculum, surveys of practicing physicians indicate that they do not feel adequately prepared to counsel their patients about nutrition.

In 2012 the Goldring Center for Culinary Medicine was founded to change that. Teaching medical students how to cook »

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Featured Recipes

Garlic Shrimp with Roasted Tomatoes and Pepper Flakes

I prefer to use smaller pasta shapes like farfalle or shells. Rotini is a good choice also. The smaller pasta shapes will pick up the flavors of the sauce. The amount of garlic and red pepper flakes might not be enough for some and adding an extra clove of garlic and an extra 1/8 teaspoon of red pepper flakes makes this dish one with big, big flavors – spicy and garlicky.

Tuscan White Beans with Kale

I love to combine a starch and a veggie in a single side dish. This recipe is a great example, and the flavors of the beans, the savory spices, and the herbs go so well together and balance the bitterness of the kale. You can use almost any greens you like in this dish, such as spinach, kale, chard, or mustard greens, but the flavor will vary slightly, with some of the leafy greens being more bitter than others.

Goan Fish Curry

I love the balance of the sweetness of the salmon as a counterpoint to the spicy sauce, but you could use almost anything: chicken, shrimp, lentils, or even roasted eggplant.

Cauliflower Risotto

Cauliflower Risotto recipe from Dr. Gourmet

Over the last few years I have been ordering cauliflower risotto at a few different restaurants. The name alone sounds great – creamy cauliflower and rice with the likelihood of cheese to round it out. Interestingly, they have been widely different.

One didn't contain rice at all, just cauliflower and cheese, but the texture was a lot like risotto. One had roasted cauliflower with the rice with a nice savory flavor. All of them have been good, but I have been thinking about what I would really like and that is a super simple dish where all the ingredients blend well but are not overpowering.