Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: February 9, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.The FDA allows health claims to be made on foods, but the assertion does have to meet certain criteria.

The claims allowed fall into ten different categories based on a relationship between a certain nutrient or food and a risk of a particular disease or health related condition. So a food package can, for instance, say that by being low in saturated fat the food may reduce the risk of heart disease.

As with most governmental regulations, the verbiage is designed to never quite allow for a definitive statement. The example given by the FDA for an "appropriate claim" is: "While many factors affect heart disease, diets low in saturated fat and cholesterol may reduce the risk of this disease."

There are a number of ways that the claims are allowed to be made. A food producer can cite the reference of another party such as a scientist or the National Cancer Institute. 10 Things You Need to Know About Health Claims on Food Labels

Featured Recipe

Pork Chops with Lime Curry Sauce

LimesThis is a fabulous dish and so very easy. Mix the ingredients, marinate the pork, sear, deglaze and make the sauce. Simple. Served over Yam Fries or Mashed Yams, this is a nearly perfect meal.

This recipe is low in sodium and safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users. It is gluten-free (provided the ingredients used are gluten-free), and should be safe for those with GERD / Acid Reflux. Those who are lactose-intolerant should avoid it.

Curry Powder

Curry PowderIn America, this means the yellow powder you buy in the store, but there are almost infinite variations of curry powder. In the Far East, curry powders vary by individual cook, region, country, and even the class of who is being served. Most curries are spicier than the yellow curry that Americans may be used to.

Originally curry powders were shipped back to Europe when the East India Company controlled much of the spice traffic. At first, these varied greatly in their tastes, color and spiciness. At the Universal Paris Exhibition of 1889, a standardized curry powder was agreed upon and most recipes are subtle variations of that formula.

It is the turmeric that gives curry and other ingredients, including onion, pepper, ground cumin, ground coriander, tamarind, chili powder, fenugreek and mustard powder its yellow color.

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users:
The Cookbook

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eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users is now available in both spiral-bound paperback and PDF format!

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Eat Well and Eat Healthy with
The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan!

I've changed the name of my free online diet planner to reflect my belief that it's the quality of the calories we eat that count most. The Dr. Gourmet Diet Plan includes the My eatTHISdiet features you know and love, plus:

1. Track your daily food intake, whether you use Dr. Gourmet recipes or not.
2. Keep a daily exercise journal to calculate and track the calories you burn.
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4. Use your own recipes to create your two-week meal plans
5. MORE!

Your two-week meal plans will continue to include foods for your entire family. Leftovers are still used for lunches and later in the week.

Those who are on Coumadin (warfarin), are lactose intolerant, gluten sensitive or have GERD / acid reflux will (of course) still be able to use the planner to create healthy diets for their conditions. Get started on eating healthier and losing weight now!

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