Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
September 11, 2006
Dr. Tim Says...
We know that fiber can help prevent some cancers, reduce your cholesterol, help you avoid problems with heart disease and help diabetics control their blood sugar. Almost every week I read another positive study on how great high fiber foods are for your health. While there's no magical dietary cure, eating foods that are higher in fiber is pretty close and is one of the easiest changes that you make in your diet.
Fiber is what your grandma used to call roughage. It's not one particular food but the part of plant foods that your body can't digest. Fibers are technically carbohydrates, but your body doesn't have the enzymes to break them down. As a result, they're not absorbed and essentially have no calories. A Roughage Life...
Ask Dr. Gourmet
Please explain the calorie difference between Sorbet, Sherbet and Ice Cream. I am not Lactose Intolerant, but milk only sometimes bothers me. I did not realize Sherbert has milk in it. I know they have Light Ice Creams but what is better for you?
Dr. Gourmet Says...
The difference between sorbet and sherbet is that sherbets contain milk or another fat making it similar to ice cream. Generally thought of as being fruit based, sorbets can be made with any ingredient. For instance, I have had wonderful chocolate sorbet as well as one made with champagne.
Sorbets are technically ices and are also referred to as granitas or ices (as in Italian ice). These were probably the first iced dessert having been invented by the Asians and then introduced to the Middle East and Italy. Because of the icy nature of the recipe sorbets are generally granular in texture where sherbets are creamy as a result of the added fat. More on Sherbet and Sorbet