Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: March 2, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.One of my favorite lectures that I get to give is about fad diets. Those of you who regularly read the Dr. Gourmet website know that I believe them to be just silly. Atkins, South Beach, The Zone, Perricone, it doesn't matter. Sadly, all of these have been conceived by doctors (3 M.D.s and 1 PhD). There are a lot of other kooky diets that have been created by people who don't have advanced degrees, so having gone to graduate school is not an absolute requirement for making up a diet.

Fad diets vary in so many different ways - fat, low carb, high fat, high protein, high carb and just about every variation. None has been well founded in science and most use pseudoscience to bolster their concepts. The good news is that we now have more and more solid research on such diets. In the last few years research has compared diets head to head and they've not shown much difference between fad diets and conventional physician-recommended diets. Essentially, if you eat less you lose weight (what a concept!). Silly Fad Diets Finally Debunked

Featured Recipe

Grilled Halibut with Tangerines and Capers

TangerinesThis recipe works well on the grill, and with Spring coming on this is a perfect dish for your recipe box. Choosing the sweetest fruit possible is key so there's a good balance of flavors – sweet, sour, salty and savory. It's a good idea to let the tangerine topping macerate overnight so the flavors blend best.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users, is low in sodium, and is gluten- and lactose-free. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it.

Isis: A Meal at Moto, Course Seven

The first dessert to come out was described as "Fruit and Bubbles." When it arrived at our table, all that could be seen was a crinkly sculpture of what looked to be thick white tissue paper, with a brown powder dusted on top. The waiter informed us that it was crispy rice paper with apple spice powder on top. Underneath the spiced sculpture was a square white bowl, the vessel for our dessert. In the bottom of the bowl was what looked like ordinary pieces of fruit - a few grapes with thinly sliced apple and pear. As the waiter explained that the fruit was carbonated- like soda. I looked at the remainder of the contents of the bowl. In one corner, there was a puddle of something white, while in the opposite corner was a mound of light-brownish powder. The waiter went on to tell us that in one corner was a white chocolate and cheese sauce, and opposite it was a powdered walnut praline. FRUIT and bubbles

eatTHISdiet for Coumadin Users:
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