Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: August 3, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

Timothy S. Harlan, M.D.[This is another in our series on the How and Why of Eating Healthy.]

It's taken over two decades of controversy, but the research has clearly proven just how good fat is for you. As with everything you choose to eat, it is the quality of the fats that's important. We've come to know that unsaturated fats, especially monounsaturated fats like Omega 3 fats, actually help prevent disease.

There's been so much good quality research about fats that I could write a whole book (you'd probably get a bit bored though). One of my favorite studies came from Martha Morris and her colleagues. They studied 815 senior citizens to evaluate the role diet might play in Alzheimer's Disease. They found a clear correlation between diets high in saturated fat and trans fats and the risk of Alzheimer's Disease. The results showed almost double the risk of Alzheimer's dementia in those eating the most of these types of fats.

Interestingly, total fat didn't matter, but eating more fats from vegetable sources appeared to protect those in the study from developing Alzheimer's. Eating a higher proportion of polyunsaturated to saturated fats was also key to prevention. Is Fat Good For You?

Featured Recipe

Whitefish in Foil with Vegetables and Tomato Sauce

HalibutThis is a fantastic way to cook fish. It is traditionally baked in parchment paper but for most folks the foil is more practical. You can use almost any combination of fish filet, vegetables, liquid and herb or spice along with the olive oil.

Because it is so simple you can serve it as an easy weeknight meal as well as an elegant weekend dinner party dish. If you are going to serve it at your dinner party, it's better to use the parchment although the foil works great on an outdoor grill. You can prepare the foil pouches up to about 4 hours in advance and the parchment 2 hours before cooking.

This recipe is low in sodium (salt) and is both gluten-free and lactose-free. Those with GERD / Acid Reflux and those on Coumadin (warfarin) should avoid it.

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