Dr. Gourmet Newsletter: November 30, 2009

Dr. Tim Says....

[This article is part of an ongoing series on The How and Why of Eating Healthy. Read the whole series to date.]

Milk JugDairy products are one of the nine elements of the traditional Mediterranean Diet. Even so, dairy products eaten by those in Mediterranean cultures are usually consumed in the form of processed products like yogurt or cheeses. Milk is not often drunk as a beverage.

Specific research on dairy is more conflicting and much of it is funded by The National Dairy Council. The studies performed are often very small and in many cases appear biased. The Mediterranean Diet: Dairy

Featured Recipes

Creamed Spinach | Low Sodium Version

SpinachEven when you don't like spinach, creamed spinach is good. To me it's great comfort food. The bitterness that you might not like about cooked spinach is balanced well with the creaminess of the cheese, and the nutmeg adds just the right touch of aromatic spice.

This recipe is low in sodium (salt) and gluten free. Those who are lactose intolerant but can tolerate soft cheeses like cream cheese may enjoy it. Those who are Coumadin (warfarin) and those with GERD / Acid Reflux should avoid it.

Honey Peas

PeasJust a touch of olive oil and honey makes simple frozen peas rich and elegant. Super simple and really delicious. I like to add a lot of pepper to this – it really spices it up.

This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users and those with GERD / Acid Reflux. It is low in sodium as well as lactose-free and gluten-free.

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