Dr. Gourmet Newsletter

July 23, 2007

Dr. Harlan is traveling this week. We'll be re-running popular articles and recipes in his absence. Enjoy!

Dr. Tim Says...

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.I have a list of quick tips that I use with patients when they ask about eating healthy. Often this is simply for people who are otherwise healthy and want to avoid the creeping weight gain that many people experience. It is also an easy place to start for those who want to lose weight.

1. Take half of your restaurant meal home with you. Because the portions in restaurants are so large, and you likely need only half of what you have been served, put the other half into the doggie bag. Hmm... that leads us to number two.... 10 Quick Tips for Eating Healthy

Featured Recipe

Chocolate Cheesecake
I took this dessert to a dinner party once and didn't tell anyone that it was low fat. The hostess was a confirmed chocoholic who would regularly consume multiple servings of any chocolate dessert, even chocolate cheesecake. She told me (and I witnessed this) that my cheesecake was so rich that she had trouble finishing her single slice. Not bad for a dessert with less calories and fat than a Kit Kat bar!

Ask Dr. Gourmet

My brother thinks that drinking Fresca is the same as drinking water. He is diabetic and takes pills to control his numbers. He is about 30 or more pounds overweight and he drinks about 6 cans of Fresca each day. I told him he could drop at least 15 pounds if he didn't drink so much Fresca. His doctor told him that drinking fresca is the same as drinking water. Is that True?

Dr. Gourmet Says....

According to the Coca Cola Company Fresca products have about 2 calories in an eight ounce serving. A can of Fresca is 12 ounces so 6 cans per day would be only 18 calories.

While this is more than water at zero calories it is not significant. 18 calories is slightly more than a single teaspoon of sugar.

Of course we know that drinking sugar sweetened soft drinks causes weight gain and leads to an increase in the risk of diabetes. This is well established. Diet Soda and Weight

Featured Ingredient: Chocolate

ChocolateAside from being delicious, chocolate is generally thought of as being bad for you. While it does contain fat, its fats are the less harmful ones, stearic and oleic fats, and they don't cause a rise in blood cholesterol levels. Because it is made from a plant, it contains some beneficial substances associated with other foods of plant origin. There are small amounts of copper, zinc, iron and magnesium, along with polyphenols (chemicals that have been implicated in research studies as providing potential health benefits).

Both cocoa powder and chocolate are derived from a bean that's high in flavonoids (known antioxidants). As with other antioxidants, flavonoids have been associated with a reduction in cardiovascular disease risk. Chocolate is Good for You!

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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.

Cooking to Reduce the Burn

Cooking to Reduce the Burn

Cooking to Reduce the Burn was created specifically for those suffering from GERD (Gastro Esophageal Reflux Disease). With Tummy Tips and easy recipes to help you eat well and eat healthy without painful acid reflux. Download it for FREE!

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