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Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
August 21, 2006

Dr. Tim Says...

It was about 15 years ago, but as amazing as it may seem, I actually had a professor say, "I don't care about my diet, I'll just take Zocor or another cholesterol lowering medication and keep eating my thick, juicy steaks." This was in response to a Grand Rounds lecturer speaking about the importance of diet in preventing heart disease.

The professor was quite an important researcher and made the argument that taking a pill like Zocor to lower cholesterol was just as good as eating healthy. The most interesting thing is that no one in the auditorium argued with him (he was, after all, a very prominent physician). What I (Un)Learned in Medical School

Ask Dr. Gourmet

My husband is on Coumadin. A friend told him that freezing vegetables "kills" the vitamin K. Is this true?

Dr. Gourmet Says...

I am sorry but your friend is incorrect. Freezing vegetables does not "kill" the Vitamin K.

For instance, the reported amount of Vitamin K in 1 cup of frozen chopped broccoli is 143 mcg. This would be considered a very high amount of Vitamin K. A cup of raw chopped broccoli, by contrast, has only 93 mcg. This is because of the difference in volume that occurs during the freezing process.

Most vegetables are flash frozen near the fields where they are picked and often retain more of their essential nutrients including vitamins and minerals than when we have the fresh veggie trucked across country to us. More About Vitamin K and Freezing Vegetables


Featured Recipe:
Chick Pea Salad

This is a great side dish to serve with a simple grilled fish during the summer. It has everything -- legumes, veggies, good oils and a fresh bright flavor. Chick Pea Salad

Featured Ingredient:
Garbanzo Beans

Also called Chickpeas, these are small legumes a little larger than a pea. They are beige colored and have a creamy, nutty flavor. They are nearly perfect nutritionally, being high in carbohydrate and having modest amounts of protein and low in fat. More on Garbanzo Beans

Isis and Minerva

Isis Says: This camp is so cool! And the food is just as cool, it is definitely not what most people describe as "camp food" it is mostly vegetarian, all made from scratch right there in the kitchen, and quite a lot of it is made from the garden which is right next to the kitchen. Letters to My Readers: Camp Food (Part 2)

Hand on Heart

Hand on Heart

Dr. Harlan's latest cookbook, Hand on Heart, includes several of the recipes from drgourmet.com, plus a few that were developed specifically for the book, like Banoffee Pie! More on what's inside.

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