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Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.

As you may already know if you've been following Dr. Gourmet for a while, pulses are legumes, which are described as any fruit that develops seeds lined up in a pod, like soybeans, lentils, garbanzo beans, or peas. Legumes are part of a Mediterranean-style diet, are high in protein and fiber, and have been shown to help prevent colon cancer, improve your cholesterol score (because of their high fiber content), and may even help you lose inches from your waist (improving your Waist to Hip Ratio).

A team of researchers primarily in Canada noted that legumes are foods that are high in protein and fiber, both of which are known to help increase feelings of fullness - a feature that makes higher-protein and higher-fiber foods important in managing body weight. Would diets that specifically include pulses tend to help people maintain or lose weight? Lose weight with... beans? »

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The Mediterranean Diet

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What is a Mediterranean Diet? Find out how familiar foods are part of this healthy style of eating.

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Learn to Eat for My Condition

Zucchini SoupCoumadin (warfarin) Diet

This guide will help you manage your Vitamin K intake while still eating great food. Lists of foods that are high (and low) in Vitamin K, Coumadin-safe recipes and more! Coumadin (warfarin) Diet Information | Get the book! The Coumadin Diet and Cookbook (paperback: $19.95 + s/h) (PDF: $14.95)

Shrimp ScampiGERD / Acid Reflux / Heartburn Diet

This five-step guide to reducing the burn comes with easy tummy tips and delicious recipes to help you manage your reflux. Managing Your GERD / Acid Reflux / Heartburn Get the book! The Dr. Gourmet Diet for People with GERD / Acid Reflux: (paperback: $19.95 + s/h) (PDF: $14.95)

Glass of MilkLactose Intolerance Diet

It's not unusual to have difficulty digesting lactose and needing to avoid foods containing cheese or milk. This index will help guide you to Dr. Gourmet recipes you'll safely enjoy. Lactose Intolerant Recipe Guide and More Information

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What is the best diet for those with diabetes? A Mediterranean Diet! For diabetics, eating well is THE key to controlling blood sugar. For those with Type 2 diabetes, The Mediterranean Diet seems to help you control your diabetes better, without medication. The Best Diabetes Diet


Fast Food Guide

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What are the healthiest choices at fast food restaurants? We've compiled a list: Fast Food Guide

Food Reviews

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We've reviewed frozen meals and convenience foods so you can eat well and eat healthy.

News You Can Use

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Health and nutrition news and what it means for you. Health and Nutrition Bites.

The How and Why of Eating Healthy

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Simple, straightforward articles on eating healthy in the real world. The How and Why of Eating Healthy.

A Healthy Pregnancy

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Pregnant or planning to be? Diet tips, do's and don'ts for your pregnancy. A Healthy Pregnancy

Healthy Eating for Kids

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Healthy snack ideas and diet guide for the children in your life. Healthy Eating for Kids and Young Adults


Featured Recipes

Linguine with Roasted Eggplant and Shrimp

There is everything good about this recipe. Fresh eggplant is full of fiber and really tasty. Combine that with a light lemon sauce and shrimp, top with a bit of parmesan, and you have a weeknight meal that takes all of 25 minutes and is like you went out for dinner. This is even better with fresh thyme leaves – use about 1 1/2 teaspoons.

Gardener's Pie (Vegetarian Shepherd's Pie)

This recipe has multiple steps and uses a few pots and pans, so it's not really designed for a weeknight meal. You can, however, cook all of the layers in advance and assemble the individual dishes, then keep them in the refrigerator until ready to bake.

Smokey Shrimp and Grits

Shrimp and Grits: a classic Southern meal and there are endless variations. Simmer the sauce slowly to blend all the flavors before adding the shrimp.

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