Dr. Gourmet Newsletter:
October 2, 2006
Chef Tim Says...
I believe that pizza is the perfect food. I say this all the time to patients. Most are shocked by the statement, but it's true.
Here's the deal. A couple of slices of pizza have about 60 grams of carbohydrates in the crust. That's in the range of a dinner portion for most people. (For those working on their weight, one slice will do.) There's a lot of fiber in that crust too -- 4 grams if the dough is made with white flour, and by using whole wheat flour there's twice as much.
The key to great pizza is what you put on top of it. In the pizza joint you're going to be OK with the tomato sauce, and the mozzarella cheese that most use is actually lower in fat than regular cheese. It's when you begin to load on other stuff that most people get into trouble. Sausage, pepperoni and ground beef are all chock full of saturated fat, calories and salt. The key to eating pizza out is to top it with healthier choices. The Perfect Food
Ask Dr. Gourmet...
My wife has been taking warfarin for over two months. When she started exercising for three days a week, in a month's time she has gained 12 pounds, and her diet did not change. Before she started exercising she was losing some amount of weight. She will be using warfarin for the next four months. Do you think warfarin has affected her metabolism? If yes how could she lose weight then?
Dr. Gourmet Says...
This is a very interesting question. There is no evidence that Coumadin® (warfarin) leads to weight gain. As a physician my first question would be whether there is a medical issue that is leading to your wife's weight gain. It is important that she discuss this with her doctor. Coumadin and Weight Gain