Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: February 11, 2008

Chef Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.I have had a lot of questions recently about salt. It’s clear that too much salt leads to health issues. At the very least it raises blood pressure and is also an issue for those with conditions such as congestive heart failure. While the research says the increase in blood pressure with too much salt is only modest, in some people it appears to be more of an issue than for others. There’s a recent study that also links high salt diets with heart disease.

A teaspoon of table salt, like good old fashioned Morton Salt in the round blue box, weighs 6 grams. The salt is made up of one sodium molecule linked to one chloride molecule to form sodium chloride. The Nutrition Facts on the box reports this as having 2,360 milligrams (mg) of sodium per teaspoon. Salt

Featured Recipe

Asian Lettuce Wraps | Low Sodium Version
Lettuce WrapsThese lettuce wraps have recently become a very popular dish in large chain Chinese restaurants like P.F. Chang's. This is an easy version for you to cook at home, and by adding the rice to the dish it makes a complete meal.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin® (warfarin) users and those who are lactose intolerant, but should be avoided by those with GERD / Acid Reflux.

Dr. Gourmet's Food Reviews

Did you know that we have a growing list of reviews of convenience foods on the Dr. Gourmet web site? You can find our picks here....

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NOLA Firefighters Calendar

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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.

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